September 19, 2019 / 1:35 AM / a month ago

MLB notebook: Pirates' Vazquez faces additional charges

Pittsburgh Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez told police he made sexual contact with a 13-year-old girl, and he now faces additional charges in Pennsylvania, authorities said.

FILE PHOTO: Sep 12, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Felipe Vazquez (73) pitches the ball against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

On Tuesday, Vazquez was arrested in relation to charges in Florida, where the girl and her family now live. But a criminal complaint released Wednesday in Pennsylvania shows charges have been added there, including multiple felonies.

Police said Vazquez, 28, admitted he attempted to have sex with the girl in a Pennsylvania driveway in 2017 but was unable to have intercourse. According to the complaint, Vazquez described it as “sex but not really.”

The girl is now 16, and her mother called authorities after finding photos that Vazquez allegedly sent to her daughter electronically. In all, Vazquez faces charges that include statutory sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor and indecent assault. A two-time All-Star, Vazquez has been placed on administrative league by Major League Baseball.

—The Drug Enforcement Administration is working to find the source of the drugs that Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs took before he died, ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” reported.

Skaggs, 27, was found dead in his Southlake, Texas, hotel room on July 1 when the Angels were in town to play the Texas Rangers. His autopsy revealed he had oxycodone, fentanyl and ethanol in his system. Fentanyl is a powerful opioid, and the DEA typically joins investigations when fentanyl is involved to try to find the source, ESPN reported.

When the medical examiner’s office released the autopsy report on Aug. 30, Skaggs’ family issued a statement that potentially implicated a team employee in his death. No team employee, however, has been tied publicly to the case.

—With the Red Sox all but eliminated from playoff contention, left-hander David Price won’t pitch again in 2019, Boston manager Alex Cora said.

Price struggled with injuries this season, dealing with left elbow tendinitis, and more recently, a cyst on his left wrist. Price, 34, finishes the season with a 7-5 record and a 4.28 ERA — almost a full run over his 3.31 career ERA.

“We need this guy healthy and ready to go (in the future),” Cora said. “I think it’s the best move for the player and for the organization.”

—Houston Astros right-hander Aaron Sanchez will miss part of the 2020 season due to shoulder surgery, manager A.J. Hinch told reporters.

Sanchez underwent surgery on his throwing shoulder last week, and Hinch cited rehabilitation and recovery as factors for why the 27-year-old won’t be ready for Opening Day.

Sanchez last pitched for the Astros on Aug. 20. He was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays at the trade deadline on July 31. He went 5-14 with a 5.89 ERA in 27 starts this year, including a 2-0 mark and 4.82 ERA in four starts after the deal to Houston.

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