UPDATE: As expected, the Rays have placed Farnsworth on the disabled list for what they hope will be a brief stint.
Kyle Farnsworth got some relatively good news on his injured elbow, as an MRI exam showed only a strain for the Rays closer.
There’s no official timetable for his return and a disabled list stint still seems likely, but Farnsworth told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times that “we’ll just have to give it some time to calm down.”
Farnsworth indicated that the injury is very similar to what he experienced at the end of last season, explaining: “Sometimes I would feel it and sometimes I wouldn’t so it was just more aggravating than anything trying to figure out what it is.”
Joel Peralta is the favorite for closer duties in Farnsworth’s absence and Fernando Rodney could also find his way in the mix for some saves.
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.