The Los Angeles Dodgers released the minor-league catcher who allegedly bit off part of teammate Alex Guerrero’s ear in a dugout altercation Tuesday.
Miguel Olivo, 35, had been suspended Wednesday pending investigation into the incident involving Guerrero, the team’s $28-million infielder, during a Triple-A game in Salt Lake City. Guerrero, according to his agent Scott Boras, underwent plastic surgery on his ear and could miss up to five weeks. Olivo has not commented on the incident and Guerrero chose not to file a complaint with police.
The fight began during the Albuquerque Isotopes’ game when Olivo and Guerrero argued on the mound after Olivo believed Guerrero failed to tag a runner who was attempting to steal second base. The argument continued into the dugout, where the alleged Holyfield-ization occurred.
“This is a first for me,” Boras said.