Sept. 12, 2011Craig Calcaterra
You always have to take a damage claim in a lawsuit with a grain of salt. Either theyre small because the plaintiff is simply alleging enough to meet a jurisdictional threshold for the particular court theyre in claiming, say, no less than 15,000 to make it clear the suit doesnt belong in small claims court or else its comically large for the purposes of getting attention (Plaintiff demands 7 billion for emotional distress following the willful and wanton destruction of his couch cushion fort by defendant). The point is that the complaint in a lawsuit does not tie the plaintiff to a certain amount of damages.
But as the case progresses, the damages do have to be established with specificity. And proven, once the case has been reduced to judgment in favor of the plaintiff. To that end, there will be discovery, filings and other bits of info that reveal the damages case the plaintiffs plan to put on when the time comes.
That process is beginning in the Bryan Stow case against the Los Angeles Dodgers arising out of his near-fatal beating on Opening Day. The damage claim at the moment: 50 million.
The Associated Press reported the following details on Monday:
Lawyers for the San Francisco Giants fan who was brutally beaten outside Dodger Stadium say his medical care is expected to cost more than 50 million.City News Service reports the figure was part of a damage estimate included in papers filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court.The filings come in a lawsuit Stow and his children have brought against Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and 13 others in the baseball team's organization.
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Sergio Romo is headed to the American League.
After being designated for assignment on Thursday, the veteran reliever was traded by the Dodgers along with cash considerations to the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday evening.
The Dodgers will receive cash considerations or a player to be named later.
Romo's first season with the team he grew up rooting for didn't go as planned. In 30 games, Romo posted a 6.12 ERA.
The Brawley-native was drafted by the Giants in 2005 and spent nine seasons pitching for San Francisco.
In his first at-bat with the Giants organization in nearly three years, Pablo Sandoval singled to left field against Rancho Cucamonga.
Serving as the designated hitter, Sandoval batted right-handed against Rancho Cucamonga left-handed pitcher Caleb Ferguson.
Sandoval's single followed singles by prospects Steven Duggar and Bryan Reynolds.
First baseman Aramis Garcia followed with an RBI single, moving Sandoval to second base. But the next batter, Ryan Howard, hit a line drive to Quakes second baseman Drew Jackson, who stepped on second base to double off Sandoval.
In second at-bat, Sandoval flied out to deep left field for the final out of the bottom of the second inning.
With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the 4th, Sandoval grounded a ball deep into the hole at shortstop. Omar Estevez made the throw across the diamond for the out, but Sandoval picked up an RBI.
In the bottom of the seventh, Sandoval grounded out to third base for the second out of the inning.
Sandoval got one final at-bat in the bottom of the ninth. After Reynolds drove in Duggar to cut the Quakes' lead to 5-4, Sandoval had a chance to play hero, but he worked a walk. He was lifted for a pinch-runner.
He finished the night 1-for-4 with a single, walk and RBI.
San Jose went on to lose 5-4 to Rancho Cucamonga.
Sandoval signed a minor league deal with the Giants on Saturday. He will stay with Single-A San Jose until Triple-A Sacramento returns home from Tacoma.