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Eugenio Suárez undergoes shoulder surgery

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The Reds announced on Tuesday that third baseman Eugenio Suárez underwent surgery to remove loose cartilage in his right shoulder. His injury was suffered in a swimming pool. While Suárez will be limited at the beginning of spring training, the club anticipates him being ready for the regular season.

Suárez, 28, was among the league’s best power hitters last year, mashing 49 homers while batting .271/.358/.572 with 103 RBI and 87 runs scored over 662 plate appearances. The Mets’ Pete Alonso was the only player to hit more home runs than Suárez last season, going yard 53 times.

Suárez will be a big part of a much-improved Reds roster. The club recently signed Nick Castellanos but has also added Mike Moustakas, Shogo Akiyama, and Wade Miley this offseason. The NL Central is truly anyone’s division right now. Well, except for the Pirates.

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.