Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs died Monday at the age of 27, stunning Major League Baseball and leading to the postponement of the team's game against the Texas Rangers. Skaggs was with the team in Texas when he was found unresponsive in his hotel room, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene, the AP reports. Police said they were investigating, but no foul play was suspected. Skaggs, who would have turned 28 on July 13, started the Angels' game Saturday night against the Athletics. He had been a regular in the Angels' starting rotation since late 2016, when he returned from Tommy John surgery. He struggled with injuries repeatedly over the past three seasons but persevered to become a valuable starter in Los Angeles' injury-plagued rotation. He started 15 games, going 7-7.
Angels players and coaches who had arrived at the Rangers' ballpark for Monday night's game left about three hours before the scheduled start to return to their hotel. The clubhouse was not opened to the media. Rangers manager Chris Woodward told his players in a closed clubhouse what had happened. "There were a lot of pretty emotional guys in there, you could tell," he said. Skaggs was born in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Woodland Hills, and was drafted by the Angels in the first round in 2009. He's the first Angels player to die during a season since Nick Adenhart was hit by a drunken driver 10 years ago. Skaggs and his wife, Carli, married seven months ago.
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