6/28/2014 9:35 P.M. ET
Kohn aims to seize another Majors opportunity
Righty reliever earns promotion after being sent to Triple-A in early June
By Alden Gonzalez / MLB.com
KANSAS CITY -- Michael Kohn's leash isn't all that long, and the Angels' reliever learned that the hard way on June 3, when he was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake after a six-game stretch that saw him give up six runs in 4 1/3 innings.
In 19 appearances before that, Kohn had a 0.93 ERA.
"It was a shock," Kohn said of getting optioned more than three weeks ago, "but it was out of my control.
"I just went through a stretch where I had two bad outings and my timing was off a little bit. It's like a hitter going 0-for-8 in two games, then coming back and going 3-for-3."
Kohn's 3-for-3 came in the Pacific Coast League, where he notched nine scoreless outings to ultimately earn a callup late Friday night -- a move that sent first baseman and outfielder Efren Navarro back to Triple-A and returned the Angels to a traditional seven-man bullpen.
But Kohn is still walking hitters.
The Angels sent him down mainly because of the 7.6 walks he issued per nine innings during his two-month stint in the big leagues, a habit that typically catches up to relievers in the form of runs allowed. In Triple-A, Kohn still walked six batters in 9 1/3 innings, giving him a relatively high rate of 5.8.
The Major League average this year is 3.03.
"I had a couple walks, but that's part of the learning process," Kohn said. "I feel great. My arm feels good, body feels good, and I'm ready to go."
Skaggs targeting White Sox series for return
KANSAS CITY -- Take seven runs (two earned) over three innings of a rehab start in the Pacific Coast League with a grain of salt, as Angels starter Tyler Skaggs will tell you.
"You had to be there to have seen it," Skaggs said with a sly grin from the visiting clubhouse at Kauffman Stadium on Saturday morning. "It was a bad day for the whole team. It was a bad day."
Skaggs, on the 15-day disabled list since June 10 with a strained right hamstring, feels he only needed that Thursday rehab outing to return to the Major League rotation, rough as it might have been. And Angels manager Mike Scioscia tends to agree with him, saying they're "targeting the White Sox series," which runs Monday to Wednesday, for Skaggs to return to the rotation.
Skaggs would be on normal rest by Tuesday, but Jered Weaver is lined up to make that start. He could take the ball on Wednesday, which is currently Matt Shoemaker's turn. If Skaggs does, the Angels could either push Shoemaker back a day, or bump him from the rotation and keep Hector Santiago, whose next turn lines up for Thursday's series opener against the Astros.
The Angels won't know for sure at least until Skaggs completes a bullpen session on Sunday.
The 22-year-old left-hander walked five batters during his recent rehab outing, but his velocity was fine and Skaggs feels like he got enough work in.
"I was hoping not to walk as many people as I did, but I still felt like I threw all my pitches and went out there and worked on what I needed to work on," Skaggs said. "I threw a lot of pitches in the first inning, which you could also attribute to being wild. Just a tough day all around for the whole team."
• The Royals measured Mike Trout's first-inning home run in Friday night's 8-6 loss and said it landed 455 feet from home plate. ESPN's Home Run Tracker had it at 489 feet, making it the longest home run in the Majors since 2012 and the longest of Trout's career. But the latter measures "true distance," which is how far the ball would've traveled if unimpeded.
• Asked about the decision to keep the right-handed-hitting Grant Green over Efren Navarro, which means the Angels won't have a lefty bat off the bench for most games, Scioscia said: "I think Green will match up against a bunch of pitchers, lefties and righties. The versatility he brings us on the infield will help us. And the speed off the bench helps us."
• Hitting coach Don Baylor was cleared to return to the team earlier this week, but he isn't with the Angels during their current six-game road trip through Kansas City and Chicago. Baylor, who sustained a fractured right femur upon catching the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day, may travel for the first time during the four-game set against the Rangers in Arlington, Texas, July 10-13, which occurs right before the All-Star break.
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.