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Jacob deGrom scratched due to a stiff neck

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Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom was scheduled to start tonight against the Washington Nationals, but he’s been pushed to Saturday because he is dealing with a stiff neck. Matt Harvey will pitch in his place. It won’t be short rest for Harvey, though, because the Mets were off on Monday. If they hadn’t been I assume everyone would be panicking.

Oh wait, they already are.

As for deGrom, the injury doesn’t seem serious. And neither does Yoenis Cespedes’ injury. And neither does Lucas Duda‘s or Travis d’Arnaud’s. Wilmer Flores has an infection, but I’m sure he’ll be just fine.

Which, if you’re a Mets fan and you remember some of the Mets’ history when it comes to injuries over the years, you likely take to mean that the team will soon be contracted due to every single player on the roster having all of their limbs spontaneously fall off or dying of bubonic plague.

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.