LOS ANGELES (MCT) —Los Angeles Dodgers infield prospect Alex Guerrero had a part of his ear bitten off Tuesday by triple-A teammate Miguel Olivo, according to Guerrero’s agent, Scott Boras.
The alleged incident occurred during the Dodgers’ Albuquerque-based affiliate’s 7-4 defeat in Salt Lake City.
According to Boras, the altercation resulted from a seventh-inning throw Olivo, the catcher, made to Guerrero, the shortstop.
“Olivo was stressed about it,” Boras said. “They had some words going into the dugout.
“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.”
Guerrero and Olivo had to be separated by teammates, according to Boras. When players pulled off Olivo, he had a piece of Guerrero’s ear in his mouth, Boras said.
Guerrero was scheduled to undergo plastic surgery to reattach part of the ear.
Boras said he didn’t know how long Guerrero would be sidelined. Guerrero, who is in the first year of a four-year, $28-million contract, is batting .376 with 10 home runs and 29 runs batted in.
The Salt Lake City Police Department is uncertain whether Olivo will be charged with a crime, according to detective Greg Wilking.
“It’s up in the air,” Wilking said.
Wilking said that’s because Guerrero doesn’t know if he wants to cooperate with the investigation.
“He wants to talk to a lawyer and talk to league officials,” Wilking said.
Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti was evasive when asked about the incident, saying the organization was looking into what happened.