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Skaggs targeting White Sox series for return

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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."

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.

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