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Migraines send Byron Buxton to disabled list

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The Twins will place outfielder Byron Buxton on the 10-day disabled list due to migraine headaches, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports. The Twins recalled outfielder Ryan LaMarre from Triple-A Rochester to take his roster spot.

Buxton was a scratch from Tuesday’s game against the Indians in Puerto Rico due to the migraine. The 24-year-old got off to a slow start to the season, batting .195/.233/.244 in 43 plate appearances.

Buxton is eligible to come off the disabled list on April 25 as his DL stint is retroactive to April 15.

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.