Astros reach settlement over Bagwell disability claim

HOUSTON -- An insurance company said Friday it has settled a
lawsuit the Houston Astros filed after the team's claim to recoup
$15.6 million of injured first baseman Jeff Bagwell's contract was

Connecticut General Life Insurance Co. spokeswoman Gloria Barone
confirmed the settlement on the same day Bagwell announced his
retirement after 15 years with the Astros.

Barone wouldn't reveal the specifics of what she said was an
amicable resolution.

Houston filed the suit in April, three months after the team
deemed Bagwell too injured to play because of chronic shoulder
problems. The Astros filed the insurance claim in January to try to
get back most of the $17 million Bagwell was to be paid in the
final year of his contract.

In March, Connecticut General notified the Astros they had
denied the claim. The Astros appealed after Bagwell said the pain
in his shoulder had become too much for him and he was placed on
the 15-day disabled list with bone chips in the shoulder.

Bagwell tried unsuccessfully to come back in spring training
after pinch-hitting in the first two rounds of the playoffs and
starting at designated hitter in the first two games of the World
Series in 2005.

The settlement was first reported by KRIV-TV in Houston. The
Astros referred questions to their lawyer, Wayne Fisher, who did
not immediately return a telephone message.