This week in Dodgers news, the Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes take the spotlight after making national headlines for a bloody incident that reminded us more of a boxing match than a baseball game. 13-year veteran catcher, Miguel Olivo pulled a Mike Tyson in a dugout altercation with Cuban infielder Alex Guerrero during the eighth inning of Tuesday’s game against the Salt Lake Bees.
So what exactly happened? Olivo bit off part of Guerrero’s ear, because that’s what you do when you get into an argument with someone. According to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times, Olivo got upset after the team allowed a stolen base in the seventh inning and blamed Guerrero for being late to the tag. Olivo attempted to charge Guerrero during a pitching change later in the inning. The argument continued as they walked off the field at the end of the inning and exchanged words.
Guerrero’s agent, Scott Boras described the dugout scene and said:
“Guerrero was in the far end of the dugout. He went to the front to get his bat and helmet to hit. As he walked across, Olivo decked him.”
Supposedly, when the players were separated by teammates, Olivo had a piece of Guerrero’s ear in his mouth. Boras confirmed Guerrero had to undergo plastic surgery. Now, he could be out up to five weeks while he recovers.
This setback comes at a bad time for Guerrero. Offensively, he has had an impressive season so far with the Isotopes with ten home runs, twenty-nine RBI’s and a batting average of .376. He could have come in handy now that Juan Uribe is out on the DL with a hamstring injury. Not to mention, Guerrero is in the first year of four of his $28 million contract.
As for Olivo, the Dodgers first suspended him while looking into the issue and since then have officially released the catcher from the 40-man roster. According to the LA Times, Guerrero declined to file charges but has up to four years to do so. Scott Boras called the incident, “extreme” and said it deserved “grand disciple.”
Should Guerrero take legal action? Or is Olivo’s release enough? Let us know what you think in the comments below and on Twitter @DodgersNation.
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