Kenley Jansen off blood thinners, already throwing

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Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register has a dose of excellent news for the Los Angeles bullpen:

Reliever Kenley Jansen said he is completely recovered from the surgical procedure he underwent in October to address an irregular heartbeat and has been told by doctors there should be no further issues.

“I’m doing well,” Jansen said. “This is going to take care of it, no more problems. Put it in God’s hands now.”

Jansen was taken off blood thinners in November and was able to begin his offseason throwing program on time (earlier this month).

He’s planning to head to the Dodgers’ spring training complex in Arizona next week.

Jansen, 25, has posted a remarkable 2.22 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 14.6 K/9 through his first 145 2/3 major league innings. He will serve as a setup man this summer in front of Dodgers closer Brandon League.

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.