Jose Abreu back in White Sox lineup Wednesday after missing three games with finger injury

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Jose Abreu had not appeared in a game for the White Sox since making an early exit last Friday night with lingering irritation in his right index finger. But he is starting at DH and batting third in his return to action Wednesday night against the Rangers.

Abreu has dealt with the finger injury on and off for much of the 2015 campaign and it may continue to bother him for the rest of the summer. The 28-year-old Cuban slugger is batting .282/.340/.481 with eight home runs and 29 RBI in 46 games this season after batting .317/.383/.581 with 36 home runs and 107 RBI in 145 games last season. He was named the 2014 American League Rookie of the Year.

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.