Alex Guerrero, the Cuban defector who got a $28 million, four-year deal from the Dodgers and was the team’s No. 7 prospect heading into the season, was involved in a dugout altercation that resulted in part of his left ear being bitten off by Triple-A Albuquerque teammate Miguel Olivo.
Guerrero’s agent, Scott Boras—who in three decades as a player agent has presumably seen it all—told the Los Angeles Times, “This is a first for me.”
The two players—Olivo is a 35-year-old, 13-year journeyman major league catcher—had a heated exchange on the mound, as you can see in the video above.
Boras told the Los Angeles Times Olivo was upset with his client, blaming Guerrero for a stolen base in the seventh inning.
When the players returned to the dugout, tensions boiled over.
“Guerrero was in the far end of the dugout,” Boras told the newspaper. “He went to the front to get his bat and helmet to hit. As he walked across, Olivo decked him.”
The players were separated by teammates, Boras said. When Olivo emerged from the scrum, he had a piece of Guerrero’s left ear in his mouth. A photo from StingEmBees.com—Albuquerque was facing Salt Lake on Tuesday—shows Guerrero holding a towel to his ear.
The Times reported that criminal charges could be filed against Olivo if Guerrero chooses to pursue that avenue.
According to ESPNLA.com, Guerrero could miss up to five weeks.
Guerrero is batting .376 with 10 home runs and 29 runs batted in. Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti told the Los Angeles Times Guerrero, offensively, is major league-ready, but that his defense at second base continues to progress.