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News briefs: Ex-MVP Mitchell charged with assault wire reports

CHULA VISTA, Calif. -- Former San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres slugger Kevin Mitchell faces assault charges after he was accused of punching a man in the head at a golf club in July.

Mitchell has pleaded not guilty to battery and assault and a judge ordered Wednesday that he stand trial Nov. 3. If convicted of both counts, he faces a maximum of four years in prison.

Mitchell, the National League's MVP in 1989 while he played for the San Francisco Giants, is free on $25,000 bail.

The 48-year-old is accused of punching another golfer at the Bonita Golf Club course several times on the head. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports Mitchell was apparently upset because the golfer had spoken disparagingly about him earlier. The other man says he suffered a concussion.

Reds trade righty Del Rosario to Astros

CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Reds have traded right-handed reliever Enerio Del Rosario to the Houston Astros for cash.

The 24-year-old pitcher appeared in nine games with Cincinnati during the first half of the season, posting a 2.08 ERA without a decision. He spent the rest of the season at Triple-A Louisville, going 4-4 with four saves and a 3.09 ERA in 50 appearances.

To create room on the 40-man roster, the Astros designated infielder Oswaldo Navarro for assignment on Thursday. Navarro went 1 for 20 during two stints with the Astros this season. He batted .271 in 81 games for Triple-A Round Rock with six homers and 37 RBI.

Mets' Mejia out for season with shoulder strain

NEW YORK -- Jenrry Mejia will have to wait until next year for another shot at his first major-league win.

The New York Mets' top pitching prospect will miss the remainder of this season with an injury to his right shoulder. The 20-year-old rookie left Wednesday night's start against Pittsburgh in the third inning, and the team said Thursday an MRI exam revealed a strained rhomboid muscle, which is on the inside border of the shoulder blade and attaches to the spine.

Mejia, who was 0-4 with a 4.62 ERA, said he's not too worried about the injury and is confident it will heal with treatment and rest. He hopes to win a spot in New York's starting rotation next spring.

Still, it's the latest bit of bad news for the Mets, depleted by long-term injuries to stars such as Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran, Jason Bay, Johan Santana and Francisco Rodriguez the past two seasons. Mejia is considered a prominent part of their future, and could be in line for a starting role next year if healthy -- especially with Santana likely to be sidelined at the start of the season following shoulder surgery.

Witness: Suspect in Adenhart case was 'just flying'

SANTA ANA, Calif. -- A minivan that ran a red light and caused a crash that killed a promising Los Angeles Angels pitcher and two others was going so fast it could not have stopped at the signal, an eyewitness testified Thursday.

Jurors at the trial watched a police interview with witness Esteban Quiroz, who was trying to make a left turn at the same intersection just seconds before the wreck that killed pitcher Nick Adenhart, 22; Courtney Stewart, 20; and Henry Pearson, 25.

Andrew Gallo, 23, is charged with three counts of second-degree murder for driving drunk and causing the April 2009 crash. He has pleaded not guilty to the murder charges, as well as to felony hit-and-run and driving while intoxicated and causing injuries to two other people.

Gallo, whose blood-alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit, could face a maximum sentence of more than 50 years to life in prison if convicted.

Nolan's Triple-A team now Rangers' farm club

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Triple-A affiliate owned by Texas Rangers president Nolan Ryan is now a farm club for his big-league franchise.

The Rangers announced Thursday they were moving their Triple-A team to Round Rock after 28 years in Oklahoma City. The move was expected after Ryan became a part owner of the Rangers.

The Ryan family has owned the Round Rock franchise since it started as a Houston Astros affiliate in 2000. Round Rock had been Houston's Triple-A team since 2005.

The Astros' Double-A team in Corpus Christi is also owned by the Ryans but will remain affiliated with Houston. The Rangers' Double-A team is in the Dallas suburb of Frisco.

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