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Olivo suspended after fight with Dodgers teammate

Guerrero's Ear Partially Bitten Off In Scuffle

BY MIKE FITZPATRICK
AP SPORTS WRITER

NEW YORK (AP) -- Miguel Olivo was suspended by the Los Angeles Dodgers' top farm team Wednesday following his fight in the dugout with Triple-A Albuquerque teammate Alex Guerrero.

In a statement released Wednesday night, the Dodgers said Olivo was placed on the suspended list by the Albuquerque Isotopes. The veteran catcher is on the Dodgers' 40-man roster, and the club said he "will remain suspended pending the completion of an investigation" into the brawl during Tuesday's game at Salt Lake.

The Dodgers confirmed Guerrero is recovering from reconstructive surgery on his left ear and will remain in a Salt Lake City hospital for a couple of days. It's unclear how long he will be sidelined.

Several media outlets reported that Guerrero's agent, Scott Boras, said Olivo bit off part of Guerrero's ear.

Guerrero, an infielder from Cuba, signed a $28 million, four-year deal with the Dodgers in October. He was beaten out for the starting second base job by Dee Gordon in spring training.

Olivo has displayed a hot temper on the field before, charging at Jose Reyes and missing with a wild punch during a dustup between the Marlins and Mets late in the 2007 season.

The 35-year-old catcher appeared in eight games for the Dodgers this month, marking his 13th season in the majors.

The Salt Lake Tribune reported the fight happened in the dugout during the eighth inning of Albuquerque's 7-4 loss to Salt Lake, briefly delaying the game, and both players were removed from the lineup soon afterward.

The Los Angeles Times reported the disagreement began with Olivo getting upset that Guerrero failed to tag out a runner after a throw from Olivo, according to Boras.

The 27-year-old Guerrero is hitting .376 with 10 home runs and 29 RBIs in the Pacific Coast League. He was playing second base at Albuquerque, but the club recently started putting him at shortstop to develop some versatility.

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bootsnchaps60 May 21 2014 at 10:50 PM

Isn't it about time to start firing these brat-letes who can't control their tempers, act out, get into fights, etc?

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jubequinn bootsnchaps60 May 21 2014 at 11:21 PM

Your on target boots. Losers.

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mchris1542 bootsnchaps60 May 22 2014 at 3:10 PM

Plus make him wear a sign saying I acted like a spoiled brat at the next minor league game he was at

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iluvfreespeech May 22 2014 at 2:10 AM

ban him for life

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Ike Jones iluvfreespeech May 22 2014 at 9:11 AM

Yesss!! He's an A..hole!!

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mchris1542 iluvfreespeech May 22 2014 at 3:17 PM

amen

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Chain Saw May 21 2014 at 11:46 PM

A suspension...for violently attacking another person and then BITING A CHUNK OF HIS EAR OFF. A suspension. But, good heavens, say something insensitive about fat people, or gay people, or black people, and the world is up on arms. They want, no, DEMAND your head. You no longer deserve a job, hell, you shouldn't even be able to keep your own property. Sorry, but forcing someone to sell their, home, business, or even their basketball team because of their opinions in un-American. Hate and racism are wrong in all their forms. But the opinions of these people have a far more negative impact on those people themselves, than those of us who inadvertently hear their nonsense.
i kinda got off topic. this guy needs to be thrown off the team and maybe even go to jail. There's no place in baseball, or anywhere, for this crap. There will always be fighting in sports, but this is just out of hand.

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vietnamvet1967 May 22 2014 at 8:10 AM

Another t*h*ug does what he does best, NEVER AGAIN Let him PLAY

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threewire101 May 22 2014 at 3:41 AM

Black athletes, irrespective of country of origin, seem to vent deeply rooted anger when provoked for some innocuous reason. I've seen pro black athletes spit, bite, spew the "N" word and go into a rage as a way of addressing perceived wrongs. Maybe Cuban life is better suited for these two young black men.

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revivalman May 21 2014 at 11:51 PM

'Roid Rage from Olivo, a 35 yr old catcher desperately trying to hang on to a fading career.

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jubequinn May 21 2014 at 11:20 PM

If your going to fight then at least fight the opposing team and not each other. This guy should shake hands with Mike Tyson. Ear biters unite.

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esiuolvirg May 22 2014 at 3:57 AM

Animal!

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John May 22 2014 at 10:21 AM

No room for this kind of act, kick him out of Baseball and the US back to the Sh_t Hole he came from!!!!

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nbarker52 John May 22 2014 at 2:41 PM

You miss the whole point of what his defense will be. Living and growing up in Cuba will give his the defense he needs. He never learned any better than to attempt to disfigure another human being.

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reevesj32 May 22 2014 at 9:52 AM

A grown man biting! Shows the animal mentality of the jerk.

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