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Carlos Martinez exits start after seven pitches due to shoulder tightness

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Update (8:49 PM EDT): Martinez left his start with tightness in his right shoulder, MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch reports. He’ll be reevaluated on Saturday.

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Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez exited Friday’s start against the Brewers after only seven pitches with an apparent injury, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. He walked off with a trainer and was visibly emotional in exiting. Tyler Lyons took the mound in relief.

We’ll know more about the type of injury Martinez suffered shortly and will pass it along here as soon as possible. Losing Martinez to an injury so close to the beginning of the playoffs would be a big blow to the Cardinals.

Martinez, 24, entered Friday’s start with a 3.01 ERA, a 1.28 WHIP, and a 184/63 K/BB ratio over 179 1/3 innings.

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.