Mets to place Angel Pagan on DL, call up Jason Pridie

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Angel Pagan left Tuesday’s game after pulling a muscle in his side and Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that the Mets will place him on the disabled list prior to tonight’s game against the Diamondbacks.

Pagan had hoped to return in a few days, but clearly the Mets didn’t want to play short-handed in center field given their commitment to keeping former center fielder Carlos Beltran in right field no matter what.

Rubin reports that Jason Pridie will replace Pagan on the roster, coming up from Triple-A to bat eighth in the lineup tonight. Pridie was once considered a decent prospect, but now he’s a 27-year-old career minor leaguer with his third organization and has hit just .273 with a .738 OPS in 376 games at Triple-A. He’s a fifth outfielder at best, so the Mets will definitely miss Pagan.

Ex-Angels employee charged in overdose death of Tyler Skaggs

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FORT WORTH, Texas — A former Angels employee has been charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl in connection with last year’s overdose death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, prosecutors in Texas announced Friday.

Eric Prescott Kay was arrested in Fort Worth, Texas, and made his first appearance Friday in federal court, according to Erin Nealy Cox, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas. Kay was communications director for the Angels.

Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room in the Dallas area July 1, 2019, before the start of what was supposed to be a four-game series against the Texas Rangers. The first game was postponed before the teams played the final three games.

Skaggs died after choking on his vomit with a toxic mix of alcohol and the powerful painkillers fentanyl and oxycodone in his system, a coroner’s report said. Prosecutors accused Kay of providing the fentanyl to Skaggs and others, who were not named.

“Tyler Skaggs’s overdose – coming, as it did, in the midst of an ascendant baseball career – should be a wake-up call: No one is immune from this deadly drug, whether sold as a powder or hidden inside an innocuous-looking tablet,” Nealy Cox said.

If convicted, Kay faces up to 20 years in prison. Federal court records do not list an attorney representing him, and an attorney who previously spoke on his behalf did not immediately return a message seeking comment.