Dellin Betances: My velocity is “nowhere near where it should be”

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Dellin Betances hasn’t been his usual dominant self this spring and the Yankees right-hander seems particularly worried about his decreased velocity, telling George King of the New York Post:

I haven’t asked about it, but it’s nowhere near where it should be. The more I pitch, that will come. Last year in spring training I trusted it more. This year I am trying to do too much instead of trusting what I have. The more I pitch the better I feel. I have always been like that.

It should be noted that decreased velocity for Betances still means throwing 92-94 miles per hour, but he averaged 96.6 miles per hour last year and topped out at triple-digits.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi indicated that he’s not worried now, but will be if Betances doesn’t add a few miles per hour between now and Opening Day. Girardi hasn’t said whether Betances or Andrew Miller will serve as the Yankees’ closer, but regardless of the role Betances is one of the team’s biggest keys following a spectacular rookie campaign.

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.