Offerman Loses Bat Attack Court Battle

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) _ A lawyer says a Connecticut minor league baseball player hit by former major leaguer Jose Offerman in a 2007 baseball bat attack has won nearly $1 million in a lawsuit.

A jury Tuesday awarded $940,000 to Bridgeport Bluefish catcher Johnathan Nathans, who wanted $4.8 million. Nathans’ lawyer Josh Koskoff says he’s still affected by a head injury he suffered in the attack.

Offerman’s lawyer Frank Riccio II says the jury found Offerman committed an assault but not battery. He says he may challenge the award.

Offerman testified he didn’t swing his bat at Nathans and another player during the game in Bridgeport. He was 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.

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