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.

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.