Lenny Dykstra. Photo courtesy Major League Baseball
Lenny Dykstra. Photo courtesy Major League Baseball

A judge Wednesday denied a bid by former All-Star Major League baseball outfielder Lenny Dykstra to add additional defendants to his lawsuit, in which he alleges that in 2012 he was beaten by deputies in the Men’s Central Jail and again later at a hospital.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Joanne O’Donnell said in a written ruling that it was “simply not credible” that the names of all the deputies alleged to have been involved in the two incidents were only recently discovered by Dkystra’s attorney, Aaron Aftergood. She said six of the deputies were previously named in earlier versions of the lawsuit, only to be dismissed later.

“Granting leave to amend would reintroduce six parties who have never been deposed in the action and would necessitate extensive additional discovery and motion practice,” O’Donnell wrote, adding that the delays would be prejudicial to the defense of Matthew Newhouse, the lone deputy still in the case.

Trial is scheduled Dec. 6. Aftergood told the judge that Dykstra would not be able to have his day in court if she did not permit him add the additional deputies as defendants. The lawyer said it would require about four to six months of depositions and other preparatory work to get ready for trial.

Dykstra alleges that on April 5, 2012, deputies at the jail entered his cell and assaulted him for no legitimate reasons. He claims they slammed his head against a wall, that some of his teeth were knocked out and he that he was left barely breathing.

The suit alleges the jail system was “fueled by abusive violence.” Defense attorneys maintain in their court papers that Dykstra became combative.

Dykstra also alleges he was beaten again later at Garfield Medical Center in Monterey Park, where he was treated for injuries from the jail incident. Dykstra says deputies at the hospital punched him in the face at least twice, causing him to lose at minimum one tooth.

Aftergood stated in his court papers that Dykstra’s previous attorneys did “absolutely nothing to prepare this case” during their representation of him from July 2015 to September of this year. He further stated in his court papers that it was not until a Nov. 6 deposition of a sheriff’s official familiar with the two alleged beating incidents that he and Dykstra found out the identifications of all the deputies allegedly involved.

Aftergood also states in his court papers that the deposition revealed that a video of the jail incident was “inexplicably lost or destroyed.”

The alleged beatings took place the same month Dykstra pleaded no contest to exposing himself to women he met on Craigslist. He was already serving time for grand theft auto and providing a false financial statement, and would later be sentenced to six months for bankruptcy fraud.

Dykstra was released in June 2013 and filed suit the following April.

Dykstra played for the New York Mets from 1985-89 and Philadelphia Phillies from 1989-96. He was selected to play in the 1990, 1994 and 1995 All- Star Games.

Dykstra, 53, was nicknamed “Nails” for his hard-nosed demeanor. He was born in Santa Ana and raised in Garden Grove.

–City News Service 

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