Michael Pineda set to rejoin Yankees’ rotation next week

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Michael Pineda hasn’t pitched for the Yankees since getting booted from his April 23 start for having pine tar on his neck, but after a suspension followed by a lengthy disabled list stint for shoulder/back problems he’s finally ready to return.

Roger Rubin of the New York Daily News reports that Pineda is scheduled to rejoin the Yankees’ rotation on August 13 against the Orioles. However, before that happens he’ll need to avoid another setback in a rehab start tonight at Triple-A, where he’s slated to throw around 75 pitches.

Before the suspension and injury Pineda was having a promising comeback, posting a 1.83 ERA and 15/3 K/BB ratio in four starts after missing all of 2012 and all of 2013.

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.