In the wake of the death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, MLB and its players’ union is aiming to crack down on testing for opioid drugs.
“The dialogue in this has been really positive with the players association, a lot of common ground on addressing the issue,” Commissioner Rob Manfred said Wednesday before Game 2 of the World Series, per The Associated Press. “We understand that our workforce is a microcosm of society. There’s a societal problem.”
An autopsy determined Skaggs, who was 27 at the time of his death, had alcohol and drugs in his system when he was found dead in July at the team's hotel in Texas less than two weeks before his 28th birthday, which has prompted the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to investigate where Skaggs obtained the drugs.
The Los Angeles Times obtained a copy of the autopsy report from the Tarrant County medical examiner's office in August, which claimed the cause of death was a mixture of “alcohol, fentanyl and oxycodone intoxication with terminal aspiration of gastric contents," meaning Skaggs choked on his own vomit.