Dodgers year-long suspension of Erisbel Arruebarrena reduced to 30 days


In late May the Dodgers suspended infielder Erisbel Arruebarrena for the rest of the season“for repeated failures to comply with his contract.”

Well, Arreubarrena appealed his suspension to Major League Baseball.  His suspension has been reduced to thirty days — time served, essentially — and that he reported to Dodgers camp in Glendale, Arizona yesterday to get back into baseball activities. When reached for comment, Arruebarrena’s attorney Jay Reisinger confirmed that an appeal had been filed with Commissioner Manfred, and ultimately, a settlement was reached with the Dodgers.

Arruebarrena was signed to to a five-year, $25 million deal back in 2013. He played briefly in the majors last season, hitting .195 in 22 games. He was dropped from the 40-man roster this offseason, however, and has yet to play this 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.