Matt Harvey among potential witnesses in trial over Tyler Skagg’s overdose death

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Matt Harvey among potential witnesses in trial over Tyler Skagg's overdose death

Former Mets star Matt Harvey and other Major League ballplayers could be called to testify against the former Anaheim Angels employee accused of providing drugs that led to pitcher Tyler Skaggs’ overdose death.

Federal prosecutors on Thursday released a lengthy witness list in preparation for next week’s trial in Fort Worth, Texas against former Angel’s communications director, Eric Prescott Kay, who faces drug distribution and drug conspiracy charges related to Skagg’s 2019 death.

According to the court documents obtained by the Post, Harvey could testify about, “Interactions with [Skaggs] and interactions with Eric Kay. Will testify that Eric Kay provided drugs believed to be oxycodone to [Skaggs] and others; knowledge of [Skaggs] oxycodone use; lingo used when referring to oxycodone pills; and communications with Eric Kay about oxycodone.”

Harvey pitched 12 games for the Angels in 2019 before he was released.

Others on the witness list include former New York Yankees pitcher Andrew Heaney, and former Angels Cam Bedrosian and Blake Parker.

Mike Trout talks to then Angels employee Eric Kay in the dugout during a game against the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 12, 2019.
Mike Trout talks to then Angels employee Eric Kay in the dugout during a game against the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 12, 2019.
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Prosecutors said Heaney, who was one of Skaggs’ close friends, could testify about his several attempts to contact Skaggs on July 1, 2019 — just before the 27-year old was found dead the same day in a Southlake, Texas hotel room.

According to autopsy reports, Skaggs choked on his own vomit. Fentanyl, oxycodone and alcohol were found in his system.

Kay told investigators he illegally obtained six oxycodone pills and gave Skaggs three of them before the team left California for the game against the Texas Rangers, according to ESPN.

Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches in the first inning of the game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 29, 2019 in Anaheim, California.
Tyler Skaggs died after choking on his own vomit, according to an autopsy report.
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Kay allegedly told the investigators he didn’t think the pills that Skaggs ingested were the same pills that came from him.

Prosecutors said Kay was supplying oxycodone pills during the 2017-19 seasons when all five pitchers were at some point playing for the Angels.

According to a court filing, Kay allegedly coordinated the distribution of the drugs through text messages or through conversations with Skaggs.

Former Los Angeles Angels communications director
Former Angel’s communications director Eric Prescott Kay admitted to giving three oxycodone pills to Tyler Skaggs.
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Prosecutors also alleged Kay would use the OfferUp app to connect with oxycodone dealers and promised them gifts in return, including an autograph of Angels superstar Mike Trout.

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