TOLEDO, Ohio -- Minor league pitcher Roman Colon pleaded no
contest to an assault charge that stemmed from a locker room
scuffle during which he punched a teammate, breaking several bones
in his face in June 2007.
Lucas County Judge Gene Zmuda found Colon guilty Monday and
sentenced him to 200 hours of community service. Zmuda told Colon
that he would be teaching disabled and disadvantaged children how
to play baseball.
The Detroit Tigers suspended Colon for seven days on June 14
after the altercation during his rehabilitation stint at Triple-A
The Tigers traded Colon a month later to Kansas City.
Colon was fighting with a teammate on June 12 before a game when
Mud Hens pitcher Jason Karnuth tried to break it up, a police
report said. Colon hit Karnuth, breaking bones in his face, the
Karnuth, the team's closer, missed much of the season because of
Colon said afterward that he had no idea he hit Karnuth. He said
he apologized to Karnuth and Mike Rojas, the team's interim