Jarrod Parker faces hitters for first time since Tommy John surgery


Athletics right-hander Jarrod Parker missed all of last season following Tommy John surgery in March, but everything has gone according to plan with his rehab process and yesterday he took his most important step yet.

According to John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group, Parker faced hitters yesterday for the first time since surgery. It was only 20 pitches against minor leaguers, but he was pain-free and said that everything went “really well.”

Parker previously had Tommy John surgery in 2010, so the A’s are going to be extra careful not to rush things. He likely won’t be a candidate to help at the major league level until around midseason.

Parker, 26, owns a 3.68 ERA with 6.4 K/9 and 3.0 BB/9 across 62 starts in the majors.

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.