Reds place Sean Marshall on DL, call up Logan Ondrusek

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Sean Marshall was on the active roster but unavailable for the first week of the season due to shoulder fatigue, finally made his 2013 debut on Sunday, and is now headed to the disabled list with what’s being called tendinitis.

Marshall threw a scoreless inning Sunday and an MRI exam revealed no structural damage, but afterward manager Dusty Baker was quoted as saying “he’s not right.”

To replace Marshall on the roster and in the bullpen the Reds called up Logan Ondrusek, the 6-foot-8 right-hander who spent most of the past three seasons in Cincinnati’s bullpen logging a combined 175 innings with a 3.45 ERA. It speaks to the Reds’ reliever depth that a guy with as much big-league success as Ondrusek was in the minors to begin with, but they’ll definitely still miss Marshall.

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.