UPDATE: Giancarlo Stanton to miss 4-6 weeks with broken hamate bone

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UPDATE: Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that Stanton needs surgery for a broken hamate bone and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. This confirms a report from ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian.

9:30 a.m. ET: Troubling news here for the Marlins, as FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that slugger Giancarlo Stanton has a broken bone in his left hand. Exact details aren’t yet known, but Stanton was set to undergo X-rays after feeling pain in his hand during last night’s game.

According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, Stanton said he began feeling discomfort in the sixth inning last night when he swung and missed against Dodgers left-hander Brett Anderson. He could be seen shaking his hand before continuing the at-bat, which ended with a strikeout:

“It’s just pain where I grip the bat,” Stanton said. “I think it just kind of got worse and worse.”

Stanton stayed in the game and struck out again in the ninth inning, this time against right-hander Pedro Baez. He was in obvious pain. You can watch the initial injury and his ninth-inning at-bat below:

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You can’t help but be worried about a possible hamate bone injury, which would likely put him out for several weeks. It’s also the kind of injury that is known to sap a player’s power upon their return. Stanton is a ton of fun to watch regardless of your rooting interest. It’s a big loss for baseball in general.

Stanton currently leads the majors with 27 home runs and 67 RBI.

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.