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Yoenis Céspedes suffered multiple ankle fractures in ranch accident

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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen revealed on Monday afternoon that injured outfielder Yoenis Céspedes suffered multiple ankle fractures from an accident on his ranch in Florida, SNY’s Steve Gelbs reports. Per MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo, Céspedes suffered a “violent fall” in a non-baseball-related activity. The Mets don’t have a timetable for Céspedes to return.

Céspedes, 33, was already working his way back from surgeries on both of his heels and was expected to return in late June or early July. Now, his return could be even later than that.

Céspedes is in the third year of his four-year, $110 million contract signed in November 2016. He played in only 81 games in 2017 and 38 games last year. When Céspedes has been healthy, he has been productive. The Mets are hoping to get at least two months out of him this year, but it may be too late by then if they continue to crater in the NL East.

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.