Blue Jays re-acquire Liam Hendriks from Royals

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Making a roster move the morning after losing the World Series, the Royals traded right-hander Liam Hendriks to the Blue Jays for minor league catcher Santiago Nessy. Hendriks pitched for Toronto briefly this season before being traded to Kansac City along with catcher Erik Kratz for infielder Danny Valencia. They apparently want another look at him.

Hendriks was the Twins’ minor league pitcher of the year in 2011 and has always posted strong numbers in the minors, but he’s been knocked around for a 3-15 record and 5.92 ERA in 189 innings as a big leaguer.

Hendriks’ raw stuff is underwhelming and he’s also a fly-ball pitcher, but he’s still just 25 years old and a 3.19 ERA in nearly 400 innings at Triple-A suggest he could be a decent back-of-the-rotation starter.

Nessy is a 21-year-old who’s yet to advance past Single-A, hitting .231 with one homer and a .645 OPS in 69 games this season.

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.