Angel Pagan to undergo back surgery, out three months

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Whatever playoff run the Giants have in them this season will have to be without center fielder Angel Pagan, who will undergo back surgery Thursday and need at least three months of recovery time.

Pagan has been hurt for much of the season, playing just 96 games, although when healthy enough to be in the lineup he had one of his best years by hitting .300 with a .731 OPS.

Gregor Blanco will be the Giants’ starting center fielder and leadoff man in Pagan’s absence, leaving manager Bruce Bochy to mix and match various options in left field.

Pagan, who turned 33 years old in July, is under contract for $9 million in 2015 and $10 million in 2016.

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.