In the scuffle that has now been reported throughout baseball, Alex Guerrero suffered more than your typical bloody nose. Instead, the second baseman walked away with a significant portion of his ear having been bitten off. As a result, Guerrero underwent plastic surgery to have the ear re-attached.
The process has been grueling for Guerrero, who is unable to workout or participate in any activity that may result in him perspiring. Along with not being able to partake in any physical activity, there was some uncertainty as to whether or not the surgery would take.
Via Guerrero’s agent, Scott Boras, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports the surgery is believed to be a success:
It’s looking like the surgery will be successful,” Boras said.
Since the incident and subsequent surgery, the converted second baseman has been residing at a hotel across the street UCLA Medical Center, where he checks in daily and sits in a hyperbaric chamber as part of his recovery.
As for Guerrero’s mindset, that’s also been on the upswing:
He’s more encouraged,” Boras said. “He was concerned about his well-being and the appearance of his ear.”
Before the altercation, Guerrero had begun to swing the bat well and may have been a candidate to be called up to the Los Angeles Dodgers roster, which instead went to Erisbel Arruebarrena out of Double-A.
Due to not being able to workout, the window of opportunity for Guerrero to reach the big league level this season may be closing by the day. Once cleared for physical activity, Guerrero would likely need a considerable amount of time to get himself back into game shape and would then need to work on his timing.
One time projected to be the Dodgers starting baseman in 2014, Guerrero is now simply fighting to get back on the field.
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