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Padres Sue Pitcher’s Insurer

August 2, 2000

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Lloyds of London has refused to pay on a policy the San Diego Padres took out on the contract of injured pitcher Randy Myers.

Lloyds, a consortium of underwriters known for backing unusual or risky policies, had promised to pay $4 million each for the 1999 and 2000 seasons if Myers became injured and couldn’t pitch, Padres lawyer Harvey R. Levine said Wednesday.

Myers, a left-handed relief pitcher, hurt a shoulder and didn’t pitch in 1999. He remains on the disabled list and may not pitch for the rest of the this season.

The Padres sued Monday in U.S. District Court, seeking the $4 million for 1999 along with unspecified punitive damages and legal fees.

The insurance consortium has 20 days to file a response to the suit. Company officials were not immediately available to discuss the case, said Beth Jarecki, a spokeswoman for a company that handles public relations for Lloyds.

The Padres acquired Myers from Toronto in August 1998 for catcher Brian Lloyd and a player to be named. In 1998, Myers was 1-3 with the Padres, with a 6.28 ERA in 21 appearances.

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