Miguel Olivo’s rocky tenure with the Los Angeles Dodgers took a turn for the worst Tuesday when news broke of a mid-game altercation in the dugout with Alex Guerrero. In the scuffle, Olivo allegedly bit off part of Guerrero’s ear, which had to be repaired via plastic surgery.
The Dodgers refused to comment on the situation prior to their first game against the New York Mets, instead issuing a statement that the organization was looking into the situation, which was a sentiment also echoed by Ned Colletti. On Wednesday, Olivo was placed on the suspended list by the Albuquerque Isotopes, where he will remain until the investigation is completed, according to the Dodgers’ Twitter account:
Today, the @AbqTopes, placed Miguel Olivo on the suspended list. Olivo, will remain suspended pending the completion of an investigation.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) May 21, 2014
A 13-year veteran, Olivo joined the Dodgers in Spring Training as a non-roster invitee. He failed to make the expanded travel roster for the Opening Series, refused to accept a Minor League and asked to be released. The Dodgers didn’t honor the catcher’s request and he reported to the Isotopes.
With A.J. Ellis on the disabled list, and Drew Butera and Tim Federowicz struggling to fill the void, Olivo was called up on April 30. He hit .417 through his first three games with the Dodgers, but began to tail off and was optioned back to Triple-A when Ellis was reinstated from the DL on May 14.
Granted it’s come in more opportunities, but Olivo was having much more success with the Isotopes over 20 games as the 35-year-old was hitting .368 with 20 RBIs in 81 plate appearances. Despite his level of production for the Isotopes and while the Dodgers haven’t given any indication, it’s difficult to fathom Olivo remaining in the organization at the conclusion of the investigation if the allegations against him are determined to be true.
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