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Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Tyler Skaggs’s agent urged him to pitch through pain for years before death, texts show

In 2016, Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs was trying to return to the majors after nearly two years sidelined following Tommy John surgery on his elbow. But then he experienced discomfort in his groin and, wary after having suffered various injuries throughout his career, wanted to tell the team.

His agent, Ryan Hamill, disagreed, advising Skaggs that it would jeopardize the service time he needed to qualify for salary arbitration and accompanying seven-figure raises.

“We can aleeve and Advil the f—- out of it,” Hamill told Skaggs via text, according to court records reviewed by The Washington Post.

Two years later, in 2018, Skaggs described hamstring pain that was “getting worse pretty much every day.” But Hamill repeatedly warned him against taking time off, including by telling him that he would hurt his chances to make the All-Star Game. When Skaggs said the Angels wanted to place him on the injured list, Hamill disagreed.

“Why no dose pack,” Hamill texted, referring to an anti-inflammatory steroid. “Flush this s—- out.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 22, 2022 at 10:09 PM | 18 comment(s)
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