The San Diego Padres and former Padre pitcher Jered Weaver expressed shock and sorrow Monday at the loss of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs.
Authorities said Skaggs was found dead in a Texas hotel room. The Angels had been set to open a series with the Texas Rangers Monday evening, but the game was postponed due to his death.
Investigators ruled out foul play as a factor and did not think Skaggs, 27, took his own life.
Skaggs was 7-7 this season with the Angels. He made his final appearance for the team Saturday against the Oakland A’s.
He also played for the Arizona Diamondbacks and had been in the big leagues since 2012.
Both Weaver and the club posted tweets in response to Skaggs’ death.
“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Tyler Skaggs,” the Padres said on Twitter. “Our condolences are with his loved ones and the entire Angels organization.”
Weaver has faced baseball tragedy before, also because of an Angel who died tragically young. Ten years ago, a drunk driver killed pitcher Nick Adenhart and two friends after Adenhart had started his fourth major league game for the Angels. Weaver named his son after his lost teammate.
On Twitter Monday he described Skaggs as someone who “always wanted to get better.”
“I am devastated about the death of my close friend …” Weaver wrote. “What a great kid and ultimate competitor.”
Weaver played during the Padres’ 2017 season, before his retirement. He spent most of his career with the Angels.
– City News Service and staff reports