One day after placing left-hander Andrew Miller on the disabled list with a strained forearm muscle Yankees general manager Brian Cashman indicated that he expects the closer to miss around one month.
Cashman told Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News that Miller will be completely shut down from throwing for two weeks before resuming a throwing program, leaving stud setup man Dellin Betances as the Yankees’ closer for the remainder of the first half.
Miller converted 17 saves with a 1.03 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 26 innings while holding opponents to a .090 batting average in the first season of a four-year, $36 million deal signed this winter.
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.