Posted May 22, 2014
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com
The Los Angeles Dodgers released catcher Miguel Olivo on Thursday, two days after a dugout altercation in which Olivo allegedly bit off part of teammate Alex Guerrero's ear during a Triple-A game.
The Dodgers had suspended Olivo on Wednesday, pending the completion of a team investigation. Olivo, 35, batted .217 in eight games for the Dodgers this season. He was signed to a minor-league contract in January.
Agent Scott Boras, who represents Guerrero, said Tuesday that his client needed plastic surgery on his ear as a result of a bite from Olivo. Neither Olivo nor his representatives have commented publicly. According to sources, Guerrero could miss up to five weeks.
Guerrero, the Cuban infielder signed for $28 million this past winter, remained on the Albuquerque roster as of Wednesday evening.
According to the Salt Lake City police, Guerrero declined to file a complaint with the police about the incident, which would have been the first step toward criminal prosecution.
Last season, Olivo was placed on the restricted list by the Miami Marlins after he left the team without permission.
Olivo also has displayed a hot temper on the field before, charging at Jose Reyes and missing with a wild punch during a dustup between the Marlins and New York Mets late in the 2007 season.
Ironically, in a spring training interview with Telemundo posted by SB Nation, Olivo said that if he weren't a baseball player, he would like to be a boxer like Mike Tyson -- but without biting an ear off.
Tyson infamously bit off part of Evander Holyfield's ear during a 1997 bout.
ESPNLosAngeles.com special contributor Danny Knobler and The Associated Press contributed to this report.