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Tyler Skaggs to start Game 1 of the Diamondbacks Memorial Day Doubleheader

One of our top pitching prospects will be called up to fill in for Ian Kennedy tomorrow after IPK suffered an injury under some surprising circumstances.


Tyler Skaggs has been pitching in Reno this season, and hasn't exactly put up the best numbers so far- a 5.23 ERA and a 4-5 record don't inspire a whole lot of confidence. But he has looked better in his past few outings, holding teams to six earned runs in 20.1 innings with a 2-1 record, his strike outs per 9 is at 9.4 this season, and he's only allowed three home runs this season, which seems pretty impressive for a league that is as notoriously hitter-friendly as the Pacific Coast League. This will be Skagg's second trip to the majors, having made a few starts last season for the Diamondbacks.

According to Kirk Gibson, Ian Kennedy cut his finger while washing dishes recently, so he'll take a few days off and hopefully recover from that. He pitched a bullpen session with a bandage, but the team felt it was better not to try that under game conditions. His next scheduled start will be Friday against the Cubs. Giving him the extra time means the team is hoping they won't have to give him a DL stint with scullery-related injuries.

In day-night doubleheaders, the team rosters expand to include a temporary 26th spot on the roster, so we won't see any moves to make room for Skaggs to make his appearance.