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Two Cubs employees test positive for COVID-19

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The Chicago Sun-Times reports that two Chicago Cubs employees who attended an annual training session at Wrigley Field in early March have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. One has been hospitalized and the other is recovering at home, according to a team spokesman.

The Cubs aren’t sure if the employees were actually infected with the virus at the training session as their test results did not come in until March 23. “Out of an abundance of caution, transparency and responsibility,” the Cubs nonetheless informed staff about it all in an email on Friday. The email said the the club “reached out to both associates to offer our support,” but did not provide other specifics. The team urged employees to monitor their health closely and follow guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Not an uncommon story, obviously. One that will, in fact, be pretty darn common over the next month at least given the serious lag in testing, testing results, and diagnosis related to the pandemic.

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.