In need of a starter with Anibal Sanchez and Daniel Norris going on the disabled list today, the Tigers have acquired Randy Wolf from the Blue Jays for cash considerations. The veteran left-hander will start against the Rangers on Saturday, which is also his 39th birthday.
After making six appearances (four starts) with the Marlins last season, Wolf has pitched exclusively in the minors this season while putting up a 2.58 ERA and 106/40 K/BB ratio in 139 2/3 innings over 23 starts with Triple-A Buffalo. With no clear opening on the major league roster, he requested his release earlier this week. Things ended up working out pretty well for him.
The Tigers will be Wolf’s eight major league team. As Jason Beck of MLB.com notes, Tigers managers Brad Ausmus previously caught Wolf in three starts from 2008-2009 when they were teammates with the Astros and Dodgers. The dynamic will be a little different this time around.
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.