Indians scratch Corey Kluber from tonight’s start with injury

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Indians ace and reigning Cy Young winner Corey Kluber has been scratched from tonight’s scheduled start against the Tigers with a hamstring injury.

Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Kluber suffered the injury while running in the outfield between starts and “will miss at least a week and it’s not known if he’ll pitch again this year.”

Josh Tomlin and Danny Salazar have each been moved up one day in the rotation and for now the Indians haven’t named a starter for Sunday.

Kluber’s win-loss record is ugly thanks to awful run support, but he has a 3.41 ERA in a league-high 200 innings with a fantastic 219/38 K/BB ratio.

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.