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Wilson Ramos to miss All-Star Game with hamstring injury

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Rays catcher Wilson Ramos will not take the field for his first-ever All-Star appearance on Tuesday. He made an early departure from Saturday’s record-setting 19-6 win over the Twins after feeling some tightness in his left hamstring that will likely merit further evaluation. The team is likely to place him on the 10-day disabled list over the next few days, though they have yet to reveal a concrete timeline for his return to the lineup.

Ramos, 30, has dealt with hamstring issues in both of his legs over the last few years, albeit nothing serious enough to merit a lengthy stay on the disabled list since 2013. Prior to his injury on Saturday, the catcher batted a stunning .297/.346/.486 with 14 home runs and an .832 OPS in 312 PA this season. This isn’t the first year he’s earned All-Star accolades, but it was to be his first time starting the All-Star Game behind the dish.

While Ramos won’t take the field for the American League All-Stars this time around, he told reporters that he still plans on bringing his family out to Washington, D.C. to enjoy the festivities throughout the week. Royals backstop Salvador Perez will presumably take Ramos’ spot in Tuesday’s starting lineup, since he’s currently listed as a primary reserve for the game.

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.