Andrew McCutchen to miss remainder of season with torn ACL

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Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen will miss the remainder of the season due to a torn ACL, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. McCutchen suffered the injury after getting caught in a run-down in the first inning of Monday’s game against the Padres.

McCutchen, 32, signed a three-year, $50 million contract with the Phillies in December. He was performing quite well atop the Phillies’ lineup, batting .256/.378/.457 with 10 home runs, 29 RBI, and a league-best 43 walks in 262 plate appearances.

McCutchen joins fellow outfielders Roman Quinn and Dylan Cozens (also out for the season) on the injured list. Odúbel Herrera is on administrative leave due to a domestic violence incident, so the Phillies are quite short on outfielders. The club acquired Jay Bruce over the weekend. Prospect Adam Haseley will make his major league debut on Tuesday, batting eighth and playing center field against the Padres.

The Phillies, currently on a five-game losing streak, enter Tuesday’s action just a half-game ahead of the Braves in first place 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.