Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports that Giants catcher Buster Posey will miss the 2018 All-Star Game. Posey has been dealing with right hip inflammation. The Giants will use the All-Star break to give him an injection to help alleviate the issue.
Posey, 31, has hit .285/.367/.412 with five home runs and 27 RBI in 313 plate appearances this season. He has missed a handful of games over the last few weeks, explaining why his numbers are a bit lower than where they usually are.
There’s no word yet on who will replace Posey on the NL All-Star roster. Willson Contreras is the NL’s starting catcher and J.T. Realmuto is one of the backups. The Pirates’ Francisco Cervelli, who recently returned after missing two weeks due to a concussion, could be added to the roster if the plan is to continue with three catchers. The Dodgers’ Yasmani Grandal, the Braves’ Kurt Suzuki, and the Cardinals’ Yadier Molina are other catching candidates.
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.