Jury selected for Offerman assault lawsuit trial

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

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A six-man, four-woman jury has been seated in the lawsuit against former major leaguer Jose Offerman, who’s accused of a baseball bat attack during a 2007 minor league game in Connecticut.

Frank Riccio II, Offerman’s lawyer, said Wednesday that testimony in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport is expected to begin Thursday and the trial could last through July 25.

Offerman played for the Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers and other teams during a 15-year major league career that ended in 2005.

He played for the Long Island Ducks in 2007 when he was hit by a pitch, charged the mound and is accused of hitting two Bridgeport Bluefish players with his bat, including Nathans.

Nathans suffered a head injury that ended his baseball career. He’s suing Offerman and the Ducks for $4.8 million.

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