Zack Greinke exits start with oblique tightness

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Zack Greinke lasted just two innings Tuesday in his start against the Phillies before leaving with what the Diamondbacks later described as left oblique tightness.

Greinke went out to try to warm up for the start of the third, but quickly brought the trainer out when it was clear he couldn’t continue. Randall Delgado replaced him in what was a 1-1 game.

If Greinke lands on the disabled list, as seems likely, it’ll be his first stint there since Carlos Quentin charged the mound and broke Greinke’s collarbone in April 2013. Before that, a fractured rib suffered playing basketball cost him the first few weeks of the 2011 season. He’s never gone on the DL with an injury suffered while pitching.

Greinke is 10-3 with a 3.62 ERA this season.

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.