At least a half-dozen current and former Angels players have been interviewed by federal agents as part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s probe into pitcher Tyler Skaggs’ drug-related death in Texas this summer, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing an unidentified person with knowledge of the interviews who is not authorized to speak publicly about them.
The Times identified four of the players: Trevor Cahill, who a representative for the pitcher confirmed was questioned by DEA agents in Texas in September, as well as fellow current Angels pitchers Andrew Heaney and Noe Ramirez and former Angels pitcher Matt Harvey, who was released by the team July 21, less than three weeks after Skaggs was found dead in a suburban Dallas-Fort Worth hotel ahead of a series against the Rangers.
According to the report, investigators hoped the players “might be able to shed light on whether the use of opiates was prevalent in the clubhouse, if they ever saw players using illegal narcotics on team flights and if they knew how Skaggs procured drugs.”
In a separate development Tuesday, ESPN.com reported the Angels could face “significant sanctions” if MLB determines that team employees were informed of Skaggs’ opioid use before his death July 1 and didn’t tell the commissioner’s office.
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