Jimmy Nelson cannot catch a break.
In 2017 Nelson was finishing up his best season of his career. He was on his way toward placing ninth among 2017 NL Cy Young Award candidates after turning in a 12-6 record in 29 starts and a 3.49 ERA, 2.5 BB/9, 10.2 SO/9, and 4.8 fWAR across 175.1 innings. It was a sweet season.
Late in that season, however, Nelson suffered a dislocated his shoulder after diving back to first base following a single he had half a thought of turning into a double. He underwent surgery to repair a partially torn labrum and strained rotator cuff. The rehab cost him all of 2018. He pitched in ten games last season, three as a starter, and was ineffective.
In January the Los Angeles Dodgers signed Nelson with thoughts of turning him into a multi-inning relief ace kind of guy. Today, however, Nelson came out of his bullpen session experiencing lower body discomfort. He has been shut down. It’s not a stretch to say that this makes him something of a long shot to make the Dodgers’ Opening Day roster.
Nelson has logged just 22 innings at the major league level since his misadventures on the base paths. Just a brutal stretch for a pitcher who has shown such promise.
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.