Sandberg: Castillo didn't throw full pitch
DAYTON, Ohio -- Former Chicago Cubs second baseman Ryne Sandberg has testified that a minor league pitcher wouldn't have been throwing at top velocity during an on-field brawl when he hurled a baseball that injured a fan.
Twenty-two-year-old Julio Castillo, from the Dominican Republic, is on trial in Dayton on charges of felonious assault. He is accused of throwing a baseball during the melee in Dayton last July and striking a fan in the head. Castillo has pleaded not guilty.
Sandberg testified Wednesday that video and photographs show Castillo making a regular throw, not a pitch with a windup.
Castillo was pitching for the Peoria Chiefs, a Class A affiliate of the Cubs. Sandberg was the Chiefs' manager last season but wasn't at the game.
Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press
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