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Cubs place Steve Cishek on 10-day injured list

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The Cubs placed right-handed reliever Steve Cishek on the 10-day injured list with left hip inflammation, per an announcement on Saturday. The move is retroactive to August 4, but Cishek will likely need more than the minimum to complete the rehab process.

The 33-year-old righty previously missed five days with knee problems back in June, but hasn’t served any time on the IL since 2017. When healthy, he’s turned in seven saves with a 3.58 ERA, 3.2 BB/9, 8.2 SO/9, and 0.1 fWAR through 50 1/3 innings. Though he has yet to improve on the totals he delivered with the team in 2018, his absence will undoubtedly be felt in a bullpen that recently lost fellow reliever Craig Kimbrel to knee inflammation last week.

In a corresponding roster move, righty reliever Dillon Maples has been recalled from Triple-A Iowa. It’s Maples’ fourth such stint with the club this year, though he has yet to stick in the majors for any significant period of time. Over 10 appearances at the major league level, he’s issued five hits, 10 walks, and 13 strikeouts in eight innings so far. Perhaps unsurprisingly, he’s found more consistency in Triple-A this season, and will finish his stretch there with a 4.72 ERA, 7.9 BB/9, and 16.5 SO/9 through 34 1/3 frames.

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.