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Aaron Judge had a partially collapsed lung in addition to rib fracture


Yankees slugger Aaron Judge spoke with reporters today about his recovery from the fractured rib that sidelined him for the duration of spring training. Judge said that a CT scan showed some improvement, and also revealed that he was diagnosed with a pneumothorax. For those of us who didn’t attend medical school, that’s a collapsed lung.

The Mayo Clinic says that a pneumothorax can be a partial or total collapse of the lung, and occurs when “air leaks into the space between your lung and chest wall. This air pushes on the outside of your lung and makes it collapse.” Evidently during either the initial injury or when Judge re-aggravated the rib, some air went into that space in his body. It’s amazing that he was able to do even the light work he had been limited to before the diagnosis.

Judge has plenty of time to heal. The baseball world (and the non-baseball world for that matter) has ground to a near-standstill because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The big right fielder will remain in Tampa to rehab the injury. It’s anyone’s guess as to when Opening Day will actually take place, if it happens at all, but the long break means that Yankees might be able to have their best hitter in the lineup when it’s time to play ball.

The Bombers also have Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Hicks on the mend, the prior from a calf strain and the latter from Tommy John surgery. New York could have their entire starting outfield at full strength if the season resumes in July.

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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.