TEMPE, Ariz. It was the game of his life, but to this day, Los Angeles Angels jerseys pitcher cheap Tyler Skaggs jersey refuses to watch it.
“I’ll never watch it. I refuse to,” Skaggs, 24, told USA TODAY Sports. “I was having such a good game, but it just brings back too many bad memories.”
Skaggs couldn’t help but think about the potential no hitter, the way he was mowing through the lineup. He was getting stronger every inning, striking out six of the last eight batters he faced. He opened the fifth by striking out Delmon Young. Hardy.
Suddenly, he started to feel a pain in his forearm. He couldn’t even feel his fingers, he said, and walked No. 8 hitter cheap Steve Pearce jersey on five pitches.
He threw one more pitch, a ball to cheap Caleb Joseph jersey, and the pain became excruciating. He summoned Angels jerseys manager Mike Scioscia and trainer Rick Smith. He was done.
“You think you’re pitching a game that could be special,” Skaggs said, “and all of a sudden, you throw one pitch, and you can’t feel your hand.
“I knew something was wrong, but I didn’t know it was that bad.”
Torn elbow ligament.
Out for the season.
Out for 2015.
Now, 18 months after Tommy John surgery, Skaggs will pitch his first game since that cheap mlb jerseys fateful night on Thursday, facing Angels jerseys minor leaguers. Then, if all is well, he’ll pitch in his first spring training game in two years.
“I’ll be so nervous,” he said, “I don’t think I’ll be able to sleep.”
In a few weeks, he hopes to rejoin the Angels jerseys’ big league team, galvanizing a battered rotation and perhaps saving an Angels jerseys season before it unravels.
Their two marquee starters, who are being paid $40 million, may not even start a game this season.
Former staff ace cheap Jered Weaver jersey, who has lost about 15 mph on his fastball in two years, is trying to be healthy enough to even crack the rotation. Wilson, set to earn $20 million in the final year of a five year, $77.5 million contract, is trying to reinvent himself, not knowing if he can even take the mound this season.
“I’ve got to figure something out,” Wilson said. “You need to be able to throw with 100% effort. If 100% effort is yielding a 70 mph fastball, it’s not really going to do me any good, unless I want to be a knuckleball pitcher.”
If the Angels jerseys are going to contend this year in the AL West, they need Skaggs, badly.
“It’s was frustrating, because I was really starting to throw the ball well before I got injured,” Skaggs said. “It was such a mental grind getting through this. It helped talking to guys who went through this.”
He talked constantly with his old Arizona Diamondbacks jerseys roommate cheap Patrick Corbin jersey, who also underwent Tommy John surgery. And also good buddy Jarrod Parker, who underwent two Tommy John surgeries with the Oakland Atj;etocs. Skaggs needed that constant reminder that everything would be ok.
Yet, he now has that helpless feeling again, with Parker fracturing his elbow 10 day ago, perhaps ending his promising career.
“You try to block it out of your mind that it can happen to you,” Skaggs said, “but I feel so bad for the guy because we were pretty close friends. I texted him. But I never heard back. But I understand. It’s such a tough thing to go through.
“I didn’t text anyone back from three weeks after it happened to me.”
Now, he’s on the verge of picking up right where he left off.
“He and I talk all of the time because he had the surgery at the same age I did,” Wilson, 35, said. “When you go through something like this, there are two things that can happen. Either you learn from your body and take advantage of the time to prove that body.