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DEA probing Tyler Skaggs’ death

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It was revealed last month that Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs’ death was the result of Fentanyl, oxycodone and alcohol in his system. Now the Drug Enforcement Administration is looking into it.

T.J. Quinn of ESPN reports that the DEA is investigating where Skaggs obtained the drugs that were in his system. They’re particularly interested in the Fentanyl, which has increasingly been found as a contaminant in other drugs. Quinn’s report says it has even been found in marijuana, but it’s more commonly found laced — either intentionally or inadvertently — in cocaine and heroin (though some believe such claims are overblown).

Quinn says that no Angels employees or players are currently the subject or target of said DEA inquiries. It’s worth recalling, however, that the Skaggs family issued a statement at the end of August in which they suggested that someone connected with the Angels may have played some role in Skaggs’ death and have hired high-powered attorney Rusty Hardin to represent them.

As I said at the time, there will certainly be more to come in this sad story.

Carlos Martínez underwent ‘small procedure’ on right shoulder

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Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak confirmed on Sunday, to KMOX/1120 AM and StlToday.com, that pitcher Carlos Martínez underwent a “small procedure” to address discomfort in his right shoulder and encourage healing as well as a platelet-rich plasma injection.

Martínez, 28, began experiencing shoulder issues in 2018 which impacted his ability to pitch deep into games. Upon his return from the injured list in late August that year, the club moved him into the bullpen. He remained in the bullpen for 2019, making his season debut in May, and had a successful year, racking up 24 saves with a 3.17 ERA and a 53/18 K/BB ratio in 48 1/3 innings.

Martínez wants to start again and the Cardinals have said they will afford him the opportunity. He is expected to be on track to participate in spring training as usual.