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Minor-leaguer charged after clubhouse altercation with teammate

6/29/2007 - MLB Roman Colon Detroit Tigers + more

TOLEDO, Ohio -- Minor-league pitcher Roman Colon was charged with punching a teammate at Triple-A Toledo during a locker room scuffle that left the other player with severe facial injuries.

Colon was charged with felonious assault, according to an indictment filed Thursday.

The Detroit Tigers suspended Colon for seven days on June 14 after the altercation during his rehabilitation stint with Toledo.

Colon was fighting with a teammate on June 12 before a game when Mud Hens pitcher Jason Karnuth tried to break it up, according to a police report. Colon hit Karnuth, breaking several bones in his face, the report said.

Karnuth, the team's closer, could miss the rest of the season because of the injures, his wife said.

Colon said afterward that he had no idea he hit Karnuth. He said he apologized to Karnuth and the team's interim manager, Mike Rojas.

Paul Kinzer, Colon's agent, said Friday that he could not comment on the charges.

Colon is now with Detroit's Double-A affiliate in Erie, Pa. He had been on the disabled list most of the season after having neck surgery.