Jarrod Parker left a minor league rehab start with an elbow injury

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Athletics starter Jarrod Parker left a rehab start with Triple-A Nashville on Friday with an injury to his right elbow, MLB.com’s Jane Lee reports. He had thrown his 87th pitch of the outing. Parker is currently on his way back from Tommy John surgery, which he underwent in March 2014. Friday’s outing was his fourth rehab start, and the Athletics were hopeful to bring him back into the rotation before the end of the month.

Parker, 26, hasn’t pitched in the majors since September 2013. He has a career 3.68 ERA with a 275/127 K/BB ratio in 384 career innings. The Athletics had acquired him in December 2011 from the Diamondbacks in the Trevor Cahill trade.

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.