Former major leaguer Jose Offerman was ordered by a jury Tuesday to pay out nearly $1 million to a minor league player he assaulted with a baseball bat in 2007.
Former Bridgeport Bluefish catcher Johnathan Nathans was awarded $940,000. He had sought $4.8 million in the lawsuit. Nathans suffered a head injury in the attack, which ended his career, and still has lingering symptoms.
Offerman, who had a 15-year MLB career, was attempting to get back to the majors with the Long Island Ducks when the attack occurred. Offerman was hit by a pitch from Bluefish pitcher Matt Beech and charged the mound with his bat. Beech suffered a broken finger.
Offerman played for the Red Sox from 1999 to 2002. He was named an All-Star in his first season.