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Phil Hughes to return to Twins’ rotation on Tuesday

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Twins starter Phil Hughes will return from the disabled list to start on Tuesday against the Tigers, Phil Miller of the Star Tribune reports. He’ll be taking the place of Mike Pelfrey, whose next turn through the rotation will be skipped. Manager Paul Molitor said that Pelfrey hasn’t lost his rotation spot, however.

Hughes has been out since August 13 with a back injury. Over 23 starts, the right-hander has a 4.49 ERA with an 85/15 K/BB ratio in 144 1/3 innings.

Pelfrey has a 4.09 ERA with a 77/43 K/BB ratio in 152 innings spanning 27 starts.

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.