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Jury selected for Offerman assault lawsuit trial

  • FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2007 file photo, Bridgeport Bluefish catcher John Nathans, right, tries to prevent Long Island Duck's Jose Offerman (18) from hitting Bluefish pitcher Matt Beech with a bat, during the first inning of an Atlantic League minor league baseball game in Bridgeport, Conn. Nathan, who is suing Offerman, says Offerman has repeatedly failed to show up for depositions as the case heads to trial. An attorney for ex-Bridgeport Bluefish catcher Nathans objects to a move by Offerman to remove a default against him. The attorney says in court papers filed Monday, June 23, 2014, that Offerman has failed to give any reason. (AP Photo/Connecticut Post, Christian Abraham, File)  MANDATORY CREDIT

    FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2007 file photo, Bridgeport Bluefish catcher John Nathans, right, tries to prevent Long Island Duck's Jose Offerman (18) from hitting Bluefish pitcher Matt Beech with a bat, during the first inning of an Atlantic League minor league baseball game in Bridgeport, Conn. Nathan, who is suing Offerman, says Offerman has repeatedly failed to show up for depositions as the case heads to trial. An attorney for ex-Bridgeport Bluefish catcher Nathans objects to a move by Offerman to remove a default against him. The attorney says in court papers filed Monday, June 23, 2014, that Offerman has failed to give any reason. (AP Photo/Connecticut Post, Christian Abraham, File) MANDATORY CREDIT

  • FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2007 file photo, Bridgeport Bluefish catcher John Nathans,  left, and pitcher Matt Beech attend a news conference in Bridgeport Conn. Nathan, 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 Nathans objects to a move by Offerman to remove a default against him. The attorney says in court papers filed Monday, June 23, 2014, that Offerman has failed to give any reason. (AP Photo/Douglas Healey, File)

    FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2007 file photo, Bridgeport Bluefish catcher John Nathans, left, and pitcher Matt Beech attend a news conference in Bridgeport Conn. Nathan, 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 Nathans objects to a move by Offerman to remove a default against him. The attorney says in court papers filed Monday, June 23, 2014, that Offerman has failed to give any reason. (AP Photo/Douglas Healey, File)

  • FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2007 file photo, Jose Offerman leaves court in Bridgeport, Conn. A player suing former major leaguer 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. Offerman's attorney says scheduling a deposition has been difficult because Offerman lives in the Dominican Republic.  (AP Photo/Douglas Healey, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2007 file photo, Jose Offerman leaves court in Bridgeport, Conn. A player suing former major leaguer 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. Offerman's attorney says scheduling a deposition has been difficult because Offerman lives in the Dominican Republic. (AP Photo/Douglas Healey, File)

  • FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2007 file photo, Jose Offerman leaves court in Bridgeport, Conn. A player suing former major leaguer 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. Offerman's attorney says scheduling a deposition has been difficult because Offerman lives in the Dominican Republic.  (AP Photo/Douglas Healey, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2007 file photo, Jose Offerman leaves court in Bridgeport, Conn. A player suing former major leaguer 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. Offerman's attorney says scheduling a deposition has been difficult because Offerman lives in the Dominican Republic. (AP Photo/Douglas Healey, File)

  • FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2007 file photo, Bridgeport Bluefish catcher John Nathans, right, tries to prevent Long Island Duck's Jose Offerman (18) from hitting Bluefish pitcher Matt Beech with a bat, during the first inning of an Atlantic League minor league baseball game in Bridgeport, Conn. Nathan, who is suing Offerman, says Offerman has repeatedly failed to show up for depositions as the case heads to trial. An attorney for ex-Bridgeport Bluefish catcher Nathans objects to a move by Offerman to remove a default against him. The attorney says in court papers filed Monday, June 23, 2014, that Offerman has failed to give any reason. (AP Photo/Connecticut Post, Christian Abraham, File)  MANDATORY CREDIT
  • FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2007 file photo, Bridgeport Bluefish catcher John Nathans,  left, and pitcher Matt Beech attend a news conference in Bridgeport Conn. Nathan, 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 Nathans objects to a move by Offerman to remove a default against him. The attorney says in court papers filed Monday, June 23, 2014, that Offerman has failed to give any reason. (AP Photo/Douglas Healey, File)
  • FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2007 file photo, Jose Offerman leaves court in Bridgeport, Conn. A player suing former major leaguer 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. Offerman's attorney says scheduling a deposition has been difficult because Offerman lives in the Dominican Republic.  (AP Photo/Douglas Healey, File)
  • FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2007 file photo, Jose Offerman leaves court in Bridgeport, Conn. A player suing former major leaguer 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. Offerman's attorney says scheduling a deposition has been difficult because Offerman lives in the Dominican Republic.  (AP Photo/Douglas Healey, File)

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – A jury was seated to hear a lawsuit accusing former Red Sox infielder Jose Offerman of a baseball bat attack during a 2007 minor league game in Connecticut.

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

Offerman played for the Red Sox from 1999-2002. He also played for the Dodgers, Royals, Mariners, Twins, Phillies and Mets 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 allegedly hit two Bridgeport Bluefish players with his bat, including catcher Johnathan 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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