A fan, hit by a broken bat shard, has suffered “life-threatening injuries” at Fenway Park


Update (9:21 PM EST): Per WBZ-TV’s David Wade, police say that the injured fan has sustained life-threatening injuries.


Facing Red Sox starter Wade Miley, Athletics third baseman Brett Lawrie broke his bat. A shard flew into the stands, striking a fan in the third base boxes. Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston wrote that the fan was “bleeding pretty profusely”. The game was halted for a few minutes as the fan was taken off via a stretcher.

Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe said that a police officer was trying to shield the eyes of the fan’s child. WEEI’s John Tomase reported that medics carried away the child while the fan “shrieked in pain”.

This is awful news. We at HardballTalk are hoping for the best for this fan. We’ll keep you updated here as we learn more.

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.