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The Dodgers Suspend a Minor Leaguer For Biting Off Part of His Teammate’s Ear

A dugout brawl between two teammates left Major League prospect Alex Guerrero with a chunk of his ear missing and put the remainder of Miguel Olivo’s season in doubt

The Los Angeles Dodgers placed Albuquerque Isotopes catcher Miguel Olivo on indefinite suspension on Wednesday after the player bit a chunk out of his teammate’s ear during a game earlier this week.

The 35-year-old veteran will remain out of action until an official investigation into the incident is completed. The Albuquerque Isotopes are the Triple A affiliate of the Dodgers.

“Today, the Albuquerque Isotopes, Triple A partner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, placed catcher Miguel Olivo on the suspended list,” read a statement released by the team on Wednesday. “Olivo, who is on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster, will remain suspended pending the completion of an investigation into the dugout altercation during yesterday’s game at Salt Lake.”

During the game Tuesday, Miguel Olivo and second baseman Alex Guerrero got into a verbal altercation over a missed out during a pitching change in the seventh inning.

Minutes later both players reportedly began brawling in the dugout, during which time Olivo bit a portion of Guerrero’s ear off.

Guerrero was rushed to a local hospital where he underwent plastic surgery to repair his ear.

Local police said no charges have been pressed against Olivo because Guerrero refrained from filing a complaint about the incident, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.


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