A former Major League pitcher says he did not intentionally throw at batter Jose Offerman during a 2007 independent minor league game that resulted in a bat-wielding brawl.

Matt Beech gave a video deposition that was presented to jurors Monday in a lawsuit filed by former Bridgeport Bluefish catcher Johnathan Nathans, who is seeking $4.8 million from Offerman and his former team, the Long Island Ducks. Nathans suffered a head injury during the Aug. 14, 2007 altercation.

Offerman denies he struck Nathans with the bat.

The Connecticut Post reports Beech testified he unintentionally hit Offerman in the leg.

He says Offerman should have known the beaning was unintentional, because baseball etiquette requires a pitcher to aim for the ribs when trying to hit a batter.

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