The altercation between Alex Guerrero and Miguel Olivo began with vague reports of a fight occurring in the Albuquerque Isotopes dugout before escalating to confirmation Guerrero was undergoing plastic surgery to have a chunk of his ear reattached.
On Wednesday, the Isotopes placed Olivo on the suspended list indefinitely, where the Los Angeles Dodgers later announced he would remain until they completed their investigation into the situation. By Thursday, Olivo was released from the organization and is currently going through the waivers process.
The Dodgers have remained relatively mum on the situation, manager Don Mattingly has declined to discuss the matter in pre and post game interviews, and Ned Colletti only offered that the team was looking into the situation. On Thursday, Dodgers president Stan Kasten broke his silence and expressed his disgust, via Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times:
Dodgers President Stan Kasten said the triple-A catcher’s alleged attack on Alex Guerrero was “unimaginable, inconceivable and, frankly, unforgivable.”
As for who may have been at fault for the situation, Kasten quickly dismissed its importance:
Fault?” Kasten said. “It’s not a question of fault. As I said, the action of removing a part of someone’s ear was unforgivable. Fault is not an issue here.”
Kasten hasn’t spoken with Olivo, though he did indicate the catcher was upset over the situation. Aside from the trauma that may come with having a portion of his ear bitten off, the timing couldn’t have been worse for Guerrero. The converted second baseman was swinging the bat well and was quickly putting together a case for a promotion to the Majors.
Some reports have pegged Guerrero’s recovery as up to five weeks, however the Dodgers have yet to release a timetable and Kasten stated the team should have more information Sunday.
Dodgers News: Miguel Olivo Bites Alex Guerrero’s Ear, Needs Surgery