Knoblauch charged with assault

Updated: September 29, 2009, 2:57 PM ET
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HOUSTON -- Former major leaguer Chuck Knoblauch was charged with assaulting his common-law wife.

A judge set Knoblauch's bond at $10,000 after he appeared in court Tuesday. According to a criminal complaint, Knoblauch's wife told police he hit her in the face and choked her at their Houston home Friday.

Knoblauch's attorney did not immediately return a telephone call Tuesday.

Prosecutors contend Knoblauch had been drinking heavily Friday evening and taking Xanax, an anti-anxiety drug, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Knoblauch's wife was attempting to get a hold of Knoblauch's car keys, prosecutors, said, when he allegedly attacked her, the Chronicle reported.

The 41-year-old former infielder is a Houston native and a four-time All-Star who played for the New York Yankees, Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals from 1991 to 2002.

Knoblauch was one of more than 80 players who were accused of using performance-enhancing drugs in the 2007 Mitchell report on baseball's steroids era. Knoblauch later acknowledged using performance enhancers.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.