Update (8:44 PM EST): Buchholz left with tightness in his right elbow, Sean McAdam of CSN New England reports.
Red Sox starter exited Friday’s start due to an injury, presumably. He was tended to by manager John Farrell and the team trainer briefly before leaving the mound.
Buchholz had recorded one out in the fourth inning of Friday’s start against the Yankees, having allowed just one run on an Alex Rodriguez solo home run in the first. He gave up six hits overall, walked none, and struck out three on 59 pitches. Robbie Ross, Jr. relieved Buchholz and allowed two of his inherited runners to score, charged to Buchholz as unearned runs thanks to errors by Mike Napoli and Brock Holt.
We’ll update you on Buchholz’s status as more is learned.
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.