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Byrd suffered a fractured right wrist on Tuesday night when he was struck by a pitch. He’s had previous fractures in that same area, and the Reds are still determining how much time he might miss. Brennan Boesch and Skip Schumaker will presumably share the playing time in left field for Cincinnati going forward.
Byrd got off to a sluggish start this season, but he was sporting a .953 OPS in 105 plate appearances since the beginning of May. The 37-year-old outfielder was acquired from the Phillies over the offseason for right-hander Ben Lively. Byrd is earning $8 million this season and carries an $8 million option for 2016.
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.