Release Minor League Player Who Bit Off Part Of Teammate's Ear
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[May 23, 2014]
By Joseph J. Kolb
ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - The Los
Angeles Dodgers on Thursday released a minor league player who was
involved in a dugout fight and bit off part of a high-profile Cuban-born
teammate's ear, the team said.
The Dodgers did not spell out the reasoning for letting catcher
Miguel Olivo, 35, go from the Albuquerque Isotopes, the Dodgers'
Triple A affiliate. The move came a day after he was suspended
pending completion of an internal investigation of the altercation
during a baseball game in Salt Lake City.
With the Dodgers releasing him from their organization, Olivo could
be picked up by another team within two days, and if that does not
happen, he will become a free agent under Major League Baseball
Olivo became enraged at second baseman Alex Guerrero for missing a
tag in the previous inning during a game on Tuesday in which the
Isotopes suffered a 7-4 loss against the Salt Lake City Bees, the
Salt Lake Tribune reported.
When Olivo was eventually pulled off Guerrero by teammates, part of
Guerrero's ear was in his mouth, the newspaper reported.
Guerrero, who is from Cuba, last year signed with the Dodgers in a
four-year deal worth $28 million.
Salt Lake City police said in a statement that they were aware of
the altercation and were contacted by a local hospital about a man
with a partially torn ear.
Police went to the hospital and interviewed the man but he declined
to file a complaint, so a criminal case is not proceeding, the
police statement said. Police did not identify the man with the ear
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“He (Guerrero) did have reconstructive surgery (on Tuesday) and is
still recovering at the hospital in Salt Lake City,” Joe Jareck,
spokesman for the Los Angeles Dodgers, said in an email.
Jareck would not say how long Guerrero would be sidelined.
Olivo had appeared in 20 games for Albuquerque this season, batting
.368 with four homers and 20 RBIs. He also recorded 23 at-bats with
the Los Angeles Dodgers from April 30-May 15, hitting .217 with one
triple and two RBIs.
(Writing by Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Dan
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