The Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs 27-year-old died Monday in a Dallas-area hotel room ahead of a game against the Texas Rangers.
The announcement was made on the team’s Twitter page and came hours before they were scheduled to play against the Texas Rangers. Southlake Police said he was found unconscious in his Hilton hotel room in Texas on Monday afternoon but police say no foul play is suspected.
Tyler has, and always will be, an important part of the Angels family,” the Angels said in a statement Monday. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Carli and his entire family during this devastating time.”
Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said he was “deeply saddened” by Skaggs’ death.
“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,” Manfred said in a statement.
Skaggs, who got married last December and would have turned 28 on July 13, had been a regular in the Angels’ starting rotation since late 2016.
The Angels traded Skaggs in 2010 to Arizona, where he started his big league career with 13 appearances over two seasons before Los Angeles reacquired him in December 2013. He made a career-high 24 starts last year, but missed time in April this season because of a sprained ankle before coming back strong.