Padres RHP Nix accused of doggy-door break-in

San Diego Padres right-hander Jacob Nix faces criminal trespassing charges after an incident in which he allegedly entered a home in Peoria, Ariz., through a doggy door.

According to a Peoria police report, authorities were called to a home around 3:30 a.m. Sunday due to an incident involving an intruder.

Police say the homeowner confronted Nix and kicked him in the face. Padres minor league pitcher Tom Cosgrove was with Nix and reached through the doggy door to help pull him from the resident.

As Nix and Cosgrove fled, the homeowner fired his Taser at Nix and struck him in the back, according to the police report.

A short time later, police found the two players and arrested them.

Nix reportedly told police he thought he was entering his own home but also admitted to not having a doggy door, multiple media outlets reported.

According to CBS8.com in San Diego, Nix and Cosgrove were charged with first-degree criminal trespassing, and Nix also was charged with criminal trespassing for allegedly unlawfully entering a home.

Cosgrove appeared in court Tuesday while Nix is due to return to court next Monday, CBS8.com reported.

The Padres released a statement regarding the situation on Thursday.

"We are aware of the alleged incident involving Jacob Nix last Sunday in Arizona," the team said. "We take this matter seriously and have been in contact with the Commissioner's Office and local authorities. Due to the ongoing legal proceedings, we will not have any further comment at this time."

Nix, a third-round draft pick in 2015, went 2-5 with a 7.02 ERA in nine starts for the Padres in 2018. He missed most of the 2019 season due to an elbow injury and didn't pitch in the majors. He was 1-2 with a 1.85 ERA in six minor league outings across three levels.

Cosgrove, a 12th-round pick in 2017, has yet to pitch above the Class-A level. The left-hander went 1-4 with a 5.45 ERA in nine 2019 starts across three levels.

Both players are currently pitching in the Arizona Fall League.

--Field Level Media