Dodgers get Justin Ruggiano from Mariners

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The Giants’ division rival also got a minor deal done late tonight, as the Dodgers just announced that they have acquired outfielder Justin Ruggiano from the Mariners for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Ruggiano was designated for assignment by the Mariners back in June after batting just .214/.321/.357 with two home runs and three RBI over 81 plate appearances. After clearing waivers, the 33-year-old was sent to Triple-A Tacoma, where he has batted .296 with 10 home runs and an .899 OPS over 49 games.

This is mostly a depth move for the Dodgers, who currently have Yasiel Puig and Enrique Hernandez on the disabled list. Ruggiano has a history of producing against left-handed pitching, so he could carve out a role down the stretch. Because he was acquired by August 31, he would be eligible if the Dodgers wanted to carry him on a postseason roster.

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.