Derek Holland likely out at least two months with a left shoulder injury

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Rangers pitcher Derek Holland left Friday’s start against the Astros after pitching just one inning due to a left shoulder injury. Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Holland will be shut down for four to six weeks with a sub-scapula sprain of his left shoulder. That likely means he’ll be out at least a couple of months.

Anthony Bass relieved Holland in the game and pitched five strong innings, allowing only one run. Bass is a candidate to take Holland’s vacated spot in the starting rotation. Nick Tepesch is another candidate. The Rangers could also seek pitching help from outside the organization.

As for Holland, it’s another stroke of bad luck as he missed most of the 2014 season after undergoing microfracture knee surgery in January following a fall at home.

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.