On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate made national headlines following an incident between two players that involved ear biting.
Catcher Miguel Olivo and infielder Alex Guerrero took a disagreement from the field into the dugout that resulted in an altercation and left Guerrero in the hospital for plastic surgery. Yesterday, Olivo was placed on the suspended list for an unknown amount of time and today a different move was made.
The Dodgers have released Olivo from the 40-man roster and now sit with 39 players on their active roster.
Many expected the move to be done and the team has some flexibility to help the team. Olivo was signed to a minor-league deal in the off-season and initially refused an assignment to Triple-A following the spring. The 35-year-old was promoted to the Dodgers following A.J. Ellis’ knee surgery and the demotion of Tim Federowicz. In eight games, Olivo hit just .217 with a pair of RBI and was sent down once Ellis returned.
With the loss of Juan Uribe to the disabled list on Tuesday, the Dodgers could decide to add another infielder to the 40-man roster in order to add some depth. They called up Erisbel Arruebarrena yesterday to replace Uribe on the 25-man roster.
The move leaves the Dodgers with three catchers on their 40-man roster and all three have spent some time in the big leagues this season. Whether the Dodgers add another catcher will be determined in the coming days or weeks.
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