PHILADELPHIA (AP) A Delaware man accused of throwing a beer bottle near Philadelphia Phillies player Ryan Howard has appeared in court.

Sidney Smith, of Wilmington, Delaware, was cited for disorderly conduct after the June 4 incident, and turned himself in last week.

The 21-year-old Smith on Tuesday chose to enter a special diversionary program. He must complete a class next month and pay a $200 fine. His record would then be expunged.

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Smith had no comment.

Howard has been struggling all season. He was baseball's most valuable player in 2006 and helped the Phillies win a World Series in 2008.