In what amounts to a huge blow for the Los Angeles Angels AL West title hopes and championship aspirations, young starter Tyler Skaggs will have to undergo Tommy John surgery after injuring his shoulder in a start late last month against the Baltimore Orioles. 

The 24-year-old Skaggs, who was re-acquired by Los Angeles this past offseason in a deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks that sent Mark Trumbo to the desert, was the Angels No. 4 starter this season. Prior to the injury, Skaggs posted a 5-5 record with a 4.30 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 18 starts on the season.

With Skaggs out for the remainder of the 2014 season (and most likely all of 2015), the Angels are likely going to look to add a veteran in a waiver-wire deal. Matt Shoemaker and Hector Santiago currently round out the Angels starting five. Both have pitched pretty well this season, but it remains to be seen how they will perform down the stretch in a high-stress pennant chase.

Los Angeles opened the day four games behind the Oakland Athletics after a dramatic 19-inning victory against the Boston Red Sox Saturday night/Sunday morning.

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