TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - 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 Toledo.
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 report said.
Karnuth, the team's closer, missed much of the season because of the injures.
Colon said afterward that he had no idea he hit Karnuth. He said he apologized to Karnuth and Mike Rojas, the team's interim manager.

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