Matt Harvey among multiple players to detail own drug use in testimony heard in Eric Kay trial

Jul 18, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) sits in the dugout during the third inning against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
By Sam Blum Feb 16, 2022 54
FORT WORTH, Texas — The government called on four witnesses Tuesday morning with the purpose of trying to make a case against former Angels employee Eric Kay. In doing so, it uncovered a hidden truth in the Angels clubhouse, where numerous players are now known to have abused prescription painkillers.

Major League Baseball players Matt Harvey, C.J. Cron, Mike Morin and Cam Bedrosian testified that Kay, the former Angels communications director, provided them with oxycodone pills dating to late 2016 and early 2017 — this coming a day after a former DEA agent read three Venmo transactions between Kay and former Angels pitcher Garrett Richards that totaled $1,700.

In what was the most explosive day of testimony in the trial related to the death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs, Harvey also testified to giving Percocet pills to Skaggs just days before the pitcher’s death in a Southlake, Texas, hotel room on July 1, 2019.

The government also called on Tyler Skaggs’ widow, Carli, along with two expert witnesses that discussed toxicology and pharmaceutical diversion, respectively.