MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports that Twins starter Ervin Santana will be out 10-12 weeks after undergoing surgery on the middle finger on his throwing hand. The Twins said Santana experienced discomfort in his right middle finger after ramping up his bullpens in preparation for spring training. The injury is believed to be ” a result of repeated cumulative stress from pitching, not one acute event, and did not present again until this past week.”
Santana, 35, was among the American League’s best pitchers last year, finishing 16-8 with a 3.28 ERA and a 167/61 K/BB ratio across 211 1/3 innings. He finished seventh in AL Cy Young Award balloting.
If his recovery and rehab go as expected, Santana will make his season debut in mid-April. The right-hander is under contract for the 2018 season, earning $13.5 million. The Twins have a $14 million club option for next season.
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.