Tyler Skaggs heads to DL; Hector Santiago gets second chance

Tyler Skaggs felt soreness in his hamstring after his last start Wednesday against the Astros.

Ezra Shaw

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Left-hander Hector Santiago is going to get a second chance in the Angels pitching rotation, but it’s taking an injury to Tyler Skaggs to make it happen.

Skaggs, who has lost each of his past three starts, was put on the disabled list Monday because of tightness in his right hamstring. Manager Mike Scioscia said Skaggs (4-4, 4.34 ERA) felt soreness in his hamstring after his last start Wednesday against the Houston Astros.

"We’re doing this really more as a precaution to make sure it gets behind him, but hamstrings have a life of their own," Scioscia said. "You never know, but we don’t anticipate it being any longer (than two weeks)."

Santiago, who will get the start on Tuesday in place of Skaggs, started the season in the Angels rotation but struggled mightily, going 0-6 in seven starts (10 appearances) with a 4.82 ERA.

He was sent down to Triple-A Salt Lake on May 21 to make room for outfielder Kole Calhoun, who came off the disabled list.


In three starts at Salt Lake, Santiago is 1-1 with a 6.43 ERA and has given up 23 hits and seven walks in 14 innings.

"He’s making progress with his command," Scioscia said, "and I think he feels much better about what needs to do out there on the mound. So hopefully he’ll bring it into the game tomorrow."