The Yankees are giving Michael Pineda some extra rest

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Michael Pineda has been excellent for the Yankees this season, but he’s currently on pace to shatter his career-high in innings, so Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports that he’ll get some extra rest before his next start.

Pineda, who allowed two runs over six innings in a win over the Mariners on Monday, won’t start again until June 12 against the Orioles. That will give him 11 days between starts. The Yankees have a pair of off-days next week, so manager Joe Girardi explained that this is the perfect time to give him a break.

“It’s only because of innings,” Girardi said. “This is a guy that has not thrown a lot of innings since 2011. He probably threw [76 1/3] last year; 2011 he threw 171. With these days off, we feel like we can do that without overtaxing the other pitchers.”

Pineda, 26, owns a 3.33 ERA and 76/6 K/BB ratio over 70 1/3 innings this season. He’s just six innings shy of his total from all of last season and has never thrown more than 171 innings in a season before. And that was back in 2011, before his labrum surgery. He’s currently on pace to eclipse 200 innings for the first time in his career, so Girardi hinted they’ll likely give him some more rest around the All-Star break to manage his workload.

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.