Noah Syndergaard just learned not to eat his lunch in the clubhouse during a game

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Drama in Port St. Lucie today during the Mets’ intersquad game vs., um, the Mets. Marc Carig of Newsday gave the blow-by-blow:

Marc has more details about it in his Twitter feed, but that’s the gist. That and the fact that, according to Carig, all pitchers were told they needed to be on the bench for the game, not in the clubhouse. And that this is not Syndergaard’s first big league camp, so he should’ve known better.

So that happened. On the bright side: we probably won’t see any of those tired “David Wright needs to step up and be a leader” articles for a good long while. Oh, and I imagine Syndergaard is going to be getting a pretty nifty nickname out of all of this eventually.

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.