By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Skaggs was 27. The Southlake (Texas) Police Department has ruled out suicide.
The starting pitcher was found dead in his hotel room in Texas before the Angels game with the Texas Rangers. The cause of death has not been released yet — and may take months before that is released.
According to USA Today Sports’ Gabe Lacques, the Tarrant County Medical Examiner believes the investigation make take until Oct. 2. The Medical Examiner has been asked by Skaggs’ family not to release any details until the final examination is complete.
This season, Skaggs had a 7-7 record with a 4.29 ERA in 15 starts. He also allowed 41 runs (38 earned runs), including nine home runs, on 73 hits over 79 2/3 innings.
Two days before his death, he pitched four and 1/3 innings against the Oakland Athletics on June 29th. He received the loss despite allowing two runs (two earned runs) on two hits. Skaggs also had five strikeouts and four walks in the contest.