Peter Bourjos hit on hand, taken for x-rays

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Angels outfielder Peter Bourjos was hit on the hand with a 91 MPH fastball from Astros starter Jordan Lyles in the top of the fourth this afternoon. He was taken out of the lineup after the inning and replaced by J.B. Shuck. Bourjos left to have x-rays taken on his hand, reports Mike DiGiovanna of the L.A. Times.

Bourjos had already missed six weeks between April 30 and June 9 with a strained left hamstring and returned to the Angels lineup for the first time this afternoon since jamming his left thumb while sliding in a game against the Pirates on Sunday. Bourjos is hitting .326 on the year, a marked improvement over his 2012 season, when he hit .220.

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.