Rays reliever Jake McGee undergoes season-ending knee surgery

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Rays setup man/closer Jake McGee, who made his way back from elbow surgery to re-establish himself as one of the league’s elite left-handed relievers, will now miss the remainder of the season following knee surgery.

McGee suffered a torn mensicus while blowing a save Tuesday against the Astros, which is a shame because he was as dominant as ever with a 2.57 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 35 innings while holding opponents to a .195 batting average and .538 OPS.

McGee is making $3.55 million this season at age 29 and is under team control via arbitration for 2016 and 2017.

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.