Burgos gets nine-month jail sentence

NEW YORK -- Prosecutors say former New York Mets pitcher Ambiorix Burgos has been sentenced to nine months in jail for throwing his girlfriend against a wall and pummeling her in a hotel near Shea Stadium.

The 24-year-old reliever was sentenced Tuesday. A jury convicted him last month of assault in the Sept. 8 attack.

Defense lawyer Edgar De Leon didn't immediately return a telephone message Tuesday evening.

Prosecutors say Burgos punched, slapped and stepped on then-girlfriend Maria Lopez when she tried to leave the hotel where he was staying.

She testified that he told her, "The police won't do anything to me. I am a baseball player."

The Mets released Burgos in December.