Jarrod Parker targeting June return to the A’s after second Tommy John surgery

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On the road back from Tommy John elbow surgery, A’s right-hander Jarrod Parker is targeting a June 1 return to the rotation.

Joe Stiglich of CSNBayArea.com reports that Parker has advanced to throwing all of his pitches in abbreviated simulated games, with a three-inning outing scheduled for Monday in extended spring training.

Injured outfielder Josh Reddick, who faced Parker in a simulated game, said afterward that “he looked great” and “had a lot of movement on everything.”

Parker had the surgery in March, but because it was his second Tommy John surgery the A’s figure to be especially cautious with the 26-year-old’s return timetable. He started 61 total games for the A’s in 2012 and 2013, going 25-16 with a 3.73 ERA.

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.