Ex-major leaguer called no-show in attack suit

In this Sept. 24, 2007 file photo, Jose Offerman leaves court in Bridgeport, Conn. (AP Photo/Douglas Healey)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A player suing former major leaguer Jose Offerman for a bat-wielding attack at a minor league baseball game in 2007 says Offerman has repeatedly failed to show up for depositions as the case heads to trial.

An attorney for ex-Bridgeport Bluefish catcher John Nathans objects to a move by Offerman to remove a default against him. The attorney says in court papers filed Monday that Offerman has failed to give any reason.

Offerman’s attorney says scheduling a deposition has been difficult because Offerman lives in the Dominican Republic. He says he intends to submit to a deposition and defend the case.

If the default is kept in place, Offerman won’t be able to challenge his liability but only the amount of damages. His trial is set to start next month.

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