NEW YORK (AP) — Miguel Olivo was released by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday, two days after biting off a piece of Triple-A Albuquerque teammate Alex Guerrero's left ear during a dugout brawl.
Olivo, a veteran catcher, and Guerrero, the highly paid Cuban second base prospect, fought during the Isotopes game at Salt Lake on Tuesday. The Dodgers suspended Olivo on Wednesday while they conducted an investigation.
"It's unimaginable, inconceivable and unforgiveable," Dodgers President Stan Kasten said at Citi Field before the Dodgers played the New York Mets. "It's not a question of fault. The action of removing a part of someone's ear is unforgiveable. Fault is not an issue here."
The 27-year-old Guerrero had reconstructive surgery on his ear and there is no timetable for his return, Kasten said. The Dodgers executive said he was told Olivo bit off significant chunk from the top of Guerrero's ear.
"They didn't stich him up and say go out. This is plastic surgery," Kasten said. "They had to reattach that portion of the ear and regrow skin over it. It's quite complicated."
The Dodgers should have a better idea of how long Guerrero will be out by Sunday, Kasten said. After he is released from the Salt Lake City hospital, he will go to Los Angeles for the next phase of his recovery.
"He's going to be fine one way or another," Kasten said. "He's going to play."
Kasten said there was no decision yet on whether Guerrero will file criminal charges.
Olivo will not face discipline from the commissioner's office because the Dodgers terminated his contract. Under the collective bargaining agreement, either the club or Major League Baseball can discipline a player, not both.
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