Dodgers Release Olivo Following Incident With Guerrero

The Dodgers said Thursday they have released veteran catcher Miguel Olivo, two days after he appeared to bite off part of the left ear of Albuquerque teammate Alex Guerrero.

Olivo, 35, who has played in the majors for parts of 13 seasons, was on the team’s 40-man roster, which now stands at 39.

Olivo was suspended shortly after the incident.

It was not Olivo’s first brush with controversy. He was placed on the restricted list in 2013 after he walked out on the Miami Marlins in June, demanding a release from the club after he became upset about his lack of playing time.

After signing with the Dodgers this past offseason, he said "would like to be a boxer like Mike Tyson but without biting an ear," if he weren't a baseball player in an interview with Telemundo.

Late in 2007, according to the New York Daily News, Olivo charged at Jose Reyes during a bench-clearing brawl and just missed with a wild punch.

The alleged assault by Olivo took place in Salt Lake, where Albuquerque was playing, and Salt Lake police say it was unclear if Olivo would be charged with a crime.
Guerrero could reportedly miss as much as five weeks of action.