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Trey Mancini to have ‘non-baseball medical procedure’


Orioles manager Brandon Hyde told reporters that outfielder Trey Mancini will be having a “non-baseball medical procedure,” and that the team will not be going into further details about the situation until a later date.

Mancini played in the Orioles’ Grapefruit League game on Monday but has been out of action since then. He’s been one of the few bright spots in the last few years of Orioles baseball. Last year he anchored the team’s offense with a .291/.364/.535, 35-homer effort in 679 trips to the plate.

Hyde did not give a timetable for Mancini’s return, and it’s possible that he may miss Opening Day.

Whatever the issue is, it’s clearly somewhat serious. Hyde’s remarks about Mancini’s attitude while going for further tests are a little ominous. Hopefully Mancini will be able to be back on the field at some point in the near future.

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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.