ANAHEIM, California – The opioids fentanyl and oxycodone were in Tyler Skaggs' system at the time of his death, according to an autopsy report published Friday, nearly two months after Los Angeles. Angels pitcher did not respond.
Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office cited Skaggs' cause of death as "mixed ethanol, fentanyl, and oxycodone poisoning with terminal gastric contents aspiration," which essentially means that Skaggs suffocates from his own vomit is while he is under the influence. 27-year-old Skaggs died on July 1 in his hotel room in Southlake, Texas.
As part of a two-paragraph statement released by a lawyer, the Skaggs family announced that an unnamed associate of Angels had been linked to an ongoing investigation by the US Security Council, Southlake Police Department. A spokesman for Major League Baseball said the league knew nothing of the allegation and would initiate its own investigation.
The Angels shut down their clubhouse the night the autopsy was released, before hiring the Boston Red Sox. Billy Eppler, General Manager of Angels, spoke of a podium in one of the organization's conference rooms and did not comment on allegations related to a team worker.
"I can only say that we were sad and complete of this report Heartbroken," Eppler said in a first statement. "Everyone is looking for facts, and everyone in the organization wants facts, so we're actively involved in an investigation."
Skaggs has used the services of Rusty Hardin, a prominent lawyer in Houston best known for representing Roger Clemens /03/27.html Hardin could not be reached for an opinion from ESPN, but told The Los Angeles Times that it was "way too early" to speculate on a possible legal suit by Skaggs's family
"We are heartbroken to learn that the death of our beloved Tyler was the result of a combination of dangerous drugs and alcohol, which is completely atypical of someone who worked so hard to get one The major league baseball player had a very bright future in the game he loved so much.
"We are grateful for the work of the detectives in the Southlake Police Department and their ongoing investigation into the subject f the Circle Circumstances about Tyler's death. We were shocked to learn that this may be an employee of the Los Angeles Angels. We will not rest until we learn the truth about how Tyler came into possession of these narcotics, including those that gave them. For this purpose, we have asked the lawyer Rusty Hardin to support us.
The seven-sided autopsy revealed 38 nanograms of oxycodone per milliliter, an opiate to treat severe pain, and 3.8 nanograms of fentanyl per milliliter, a potent drug focused painkiller that is significantly more potent than oxycodone, and a blood alcohol level of 0.1
Angels manager Brad Ausmus said he was "surprised" by the results and did so "No advance notice."
"But honestly, that does not change anything for me and the boys in the clubhouse," added Ausmus, "We still lost a teammate, lost a friend, and we miss him."
Opiates like Fentanyl and Oxycodone are prohibited substances under MLB's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, but Skaggs should not necessarily have been tested for the drugs in its system. Players with 40-man rosters are tested for substance abuse only when the common treatment panel of players and management finds a reasonable reason when it has been discovered that a player has abused or possessed a drug, or if a player tests as part of a treatment program is subjected.
Asked about the spread of opioids, in particular Ausmus said in his own clubhouse, "Frankly, I had to google what Fentanyl is, I do not really know much about it, you read that opioids are a cultural and, of course, postoperative problem for athletes But I can not say I ever saw or realized it was a problem, not that I was qualified to recognize the signs, but I would say no, I did not really see it. "[19659002EpplersaidtheclubhadbeenincontactwithSkaggs'familysincehisdeathandwouldnotcommentifaskedEnglisch:wwwmoviesfilmonlinecom/en/movies/oliver-twistAngelsemployeeconnectedtotheinvestigationwasstillworkinginateam?WhenaskedifhewassurprisedbytheconnectionEpplersaid"Wetalkedtotheinvestigatorswetoldthemeverythingweknowandweworkedwiththemineveryway"
Skaggs, A product from Santa Monica, California, was a first choice of Angels in 2009, which was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks a year later and found its way back into the organization as part of a three-team trade in December 2013.  Skaggs cracked the opening rotation in 2014, but underwent Tommy John surgery the following August. He kept him away from the main league for almost 24 months. Skaggs missed 2017 for more than three months with a load of right oblique muscles and had to pause in 2018 several times with a load on the left adductor. This year, he spent time on the 10-day injury list after ankle injury and also missed a jump start due to forearm pain.
For his career, Skaggs was 28-38 with 4.41 ERA in 96 appearances, all starts. Among the Angels, he was among the most popular clubhouse personalities.
In th After his death, the angels honored him with a patch on their uniforms and showed his similarity throughout the stadium. The fans created a shrine of flowers, posters and memorabilia, which is still in front of the main entrance. Andrew Heaney threw a curvy ball on his first start since Skagg's death to honor his best friend. Mike Trout and Tommy La Stella wore Skaggs # 45 during the All-Star game, and numerous players throughout the game honored him with inscriptions on their caps and studs. Taylor Cole and Felix Pena wore the Skaggs number in their first home game since his death. "We miss Tyler every day," Eppler said. "This clubhouse misses him everyday, we miss him in our lives and we pray for him and we pray every day for his family, we also pray for our own healing every day, nothing that we have learned today changes those feelings. Not a bit, but it's like a shot inside of us, and it brings a lot of pain back from this tragic day. "
Information from Alden Gonzalez and The Associated Press of ESPN was used in this report.