In honor of his late friend, Angels’ pitcher Tyler Skaggs, Nationals’ pitcher Patrick Corbin will wear No. 45 when he takes the mound tonight to face the Marlins.
Skaggs, unfortunately passed away yesterday at the tender age of 27 his cause of death is still unknown but investigators have ruled out foul play.
Skaggs took the mound as recently as June 29 and pitched 4 ⅓ innings allowing two runs in a loss to the Athletics. Skaggs was found unconscious in his hotel room and reported dead by the police.
Skaggs and Corbin were both drafted by the Angels on draft day in 2009 and were also traded with each other to the Diamondbacks in the Dan Haden trade.
Skaggs and Corbin were reportedly very close during their upbringing in the Diamondbacks’ farm system.
“They came up together,” Nationals manager Davey Martinez told reporters. “His best friend. He was emotional earlier, but he wants to pitch. He feels that’s what he needs to do.”
Corbin will obviously be pitching with a heavy heart tonight as they both remained close after Skaggs was traded back to the Angels in the 2013 offseason and Corbin’s recent signing in Washington.