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Jury selection begins in Offerman assault case

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This Sept. 24, 2007 file photo shows Jose Offerman leaving court in Bridgeport.  (AP Photo/Douglas Healey, File) This Sept. 24, 2007 file photo shows Jose Offerman leaving court in Bridgeport. (AP Photo/Douglas Healey, File)
BRIDGEPORT, CT (AP) -

Jury selection has started in the lawsuit brought by a man who says former major leaguer Jose Offerman attacked him with a baseball bat during a 2007 minor league game in Connecticut.

Attorneys started picking jurors Wednesday in Bridgeport federal court.

Offerman played for the Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers and other teams during a 15-year major league career that ended in 2005. He's being sued by former minor league catcher Johnathan Nathans.

Offerman was playing for the Long Island Ducks in 2007 in a major league comeback bid when he was hit by a pitch, charged the mound and hit two Bridgeport Bluefish players with his bat, including Nathans.

Nathans suffered a head injury that ended his baseball career and is suing Offerman and the Ducks for $4.8 million.

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