The Los Angeles Times reported Friday that a toxicology report from Tarrant County states that Tyler Skaggs had opioids fentanyl and oxycodone, as well as alcohol, in his system on the day he passed away.
“Tests showed 38 nanograms per milliliter of the prescription-strength pain killer oxycodone, the use of which is prohibited by Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug and Prevention Program, and a blood-alcohol level of 0.122%. A 0.08% limit is considered legally impaired. Fentanyl is not specifically listed on MLB’s banned substance list, but as a ‘drug of abuse’ on the federal Drug Enforcement Administration list, its use is automatically prohibited by MLB.”
Skaggs’ family released a statement Friday as well:
Statement from Tyler Skaggs family. His death was reportedly related to opioids and alcohol. pic.twitter.com/zgGknOIKAr— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) August 30, 2019
Obviously, the most pressing issue is that the family believes that the death “may involve an employee of the Los Angeles Angels.”
There have been many touching moments from the Angels organization since July 1, including the no-hitter, his mother’s first pitch, and the overwhelming show of support from organizations across Major League Baseball, but the fact that it was a tragic accident is never lost.
Sometimes, especially on the Internet, you have a sudden instinct to say something or post something. These initial reactions are generally never positive. I would encourage everyone who considers posting to think to themselves, “Is this helping the situation?” And then, feel free to hit enter. Thanks everyone.