Chris Sale has a sore elbow, will have an MRI

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Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale has a sore elbow. The Sox have sent him for an MRI. According to Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald, the images will be forward on to Dr. James Andrews. Manager Ron Roenicke told the press that he’s “concerned” but doesn’t have more information right now.

Sale pitched a batting practice session yesterday and said he felt good. So much for that.

Sale was already expected to begin the year on the injured list, but at the time the Sox said it was due to him being sidelined with pneumonia and that he was thus a couple of weeks behind in his preparation. They said it had nothing to do with his elbow. That didn’t seem to make a lot of sense to me at the time. Now I suppose that’s academic.

Sale last faced hitters on August 13 when he gave up five runs with 12 strikeouts over 6.2 innings against the Indians. He was put on the injured list after that with elbow inflammation, ending his season at 6-11 with a 4.40 ERA in 25 starts.

Now his entire 2020 season is at risk as well, it would seem.

 

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.