Autopsy set for Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs; Rangers-Angels game to be played Tuesday

first_img“I am deeply saddened by today’s tragedy in Texas,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a release. “All of us at Major League Baseball extend our deepest condolences to Tyler’s wife Carli, their family, their friends and all of his Angels’ teammates and colleagues. We will support the Angels’ organization through this most difficult period, and we will make a variety of resources available to Tyler’s teammates and other members of the baseball family.”The young pitcher’s death comes a decade after Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart died in a car accident at age 22 when the vehicle he was in was hit by a drunk driver. The Rangers-Angels game Tuesday in Arlington will be played as scheduled, the day after Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, 27, died in Texas.Skaggs was found dead Monday afternoon at the team’s hotel in Southlake, Texas, after police were called to the hotel, authorities said in a statement. The cause of the pitcher’s death has not yet been determined. According to Southlake Police, “in these early stages of the investigation, it does not appear at this time that suicide was the cause of death.” They previously had said that no foul play was suspected.An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office (via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram).The Angels were to open a three-game series at the Rangers on Monday, but the game was called off and will be made up at a later date. A moment of silence will be observed before Tuesday’s 8:05 p.m. ET game and all proceeds from the home team’s nightly in-game charity raffle will be donated to the Angels Baseball Foundation, the Rangers announced.”Tyler has, and always will be, an important part of the Angels family,” the team said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Carli and his entire family during this devastating time. “There are no other details at this time, please keep Tyler’s family in your thoughts and prayers.” Angels statement on the passing of Tyler Skaggs.— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) July 1, 2019Skaggs grew up in the Los Angeles area and was selected by the Angels out of Santa Monica High School with the 40th overall pick in the 2009 MLB Draft. He was traded to the Diamondbacks in 2010 and made his major league debut with Arizona two years later. The Angels reacquired Skaggs in December 2013 as part of a three-team trade involving the Diamondbacks and White Sox. Rest in peace, Tyler. You will be missed dearly.— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) July 1, 2019Skaggs last pitched Saturday against Oakland, starting and working 4 1/3 innings. He would have turned 28 on July 13. last_img