Ex-major leaguer Offerman denies assault claim

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

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Former major leaguer Jose Offerman has testified that he didn’t swing his bat at two players and didn’t cause their injuries during a minor league baseball game in Connecticut.

Offerman testified Friday at a civil trial in federal court in Bridgeport. He’s being sued over an alleged baseball bat attack in Bridgeport in 2007 while playing for the Long Island Ducks in a major league comeback bid.

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

The lawsuit says Offerman was hit by a pitch, charged the mound and hit two Bridgeport Bluefish players with his bat, including catcher Johnathan Nathans.

Nathans says he suffered a head injury. He’s suing Offerman and the Ducks for $4.5 million.

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