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An update on Alex Guerrero’s recovery following the Miguel Olivo attack

May 30, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT

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Jon Heyman spoke with Scott Boras, agent to Dodgers infield prospect Alex Guerrero. Who most of you got to know via the awful attack he experienced from Miguel Olivo, who bit off a chunk of his ear. Heyman reports that Guerrero, while still under medical care at UCLA, is doing better:

Dodgers prospect Alex Guerrero is said to be progressing following ear re-attachment surgery, and the hope remains that the ear has been saved after loosing a significant chunk of it in a biting incident, Guerrero’s agent Scott Boras said.

“We’re still not out of the woods. But we’re optimistic. The doctor gave a good report (on Thursday),” Boras said by phone.

He can’t really work out yet because sweat and moisture is bad for area around the reattachment. Boras talks about Guerrero’s psychological state as well. Which, because this was an on-the-field incident, many of us may easily overlook. But it was nonetheless a violent attack that has left very real physical scars, so it would be understandable if there were some mental ones too.

  1. asimonetti88 - May 30, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    Has he pressed charges yet?

    • raysfan1 - May 30, 2014 at 6:51 PM

      From the linked article:
      Boras said, “We haven’t addressed the subject. We’ll review the legal situation in time.”

      • marketingforcontractors - May 30, 2014 at 7:56 PM

        The legal situation is that Guerrero attacked Olivo and Olivo then bit off his ear in the confrontation. While what Olivo did is abhorrent, he was acting in self-defense.

      • raysfan1 - May 30, 2014 at 8:08 PM

        There is video from earlier in that game showing Olivo going off on Guerrero and then lunging at him and having to be restrained by teammates. There is also a video that shows a series of stills which make it pretty clear Olivo jumped on top of Guerrero from the dug out steps. You will have to provide a pretty unimpeachable source to overcome the evidence that is available when claiming Guerrero started it.

        Regardless, there is no such thing as biting someone’s ear off in self defense.

      • notsofast10 - May 31, 2014 at 11:50 AM

        Since when is biting someone’s ear off a method of self defense??? Sheesh!

  2. chinahand11 - May 30, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    He should press charges. You simply cannot excuse that. I would not doubt that Guerrero could get some PTSD out of the attack, also.

    • marketingforcontractors - May 30, 2014 at 7:54 PM

      Guerrero attacked Olivo and Olivo retaliated. Why would Guerrero press charges?

      • Balladeer - May 30, 2014 at 8:38 PM

        You’re either Miguel Olivo’s agent or Miguel Olivo himself. Only one of them would be so willfully ignorant.

      • renaado - May 30, 2014 at 9:44 PM

        Guerrero attacked Olivo? From what I remember, Tyson “2nd version” started it first cause Guerrero failed to apply the tag the runner at 2nd. Then “THAT” happened in the dugout.

        Certainly you haven’t read any news about this anyways, so no wonder you made this statement.

      • notsofast10 - May 31, 2014 at 11:52 AM

        Yeah Guerrero was violently coming after Olivo leading with his ear!!!!

  3. Bar None - May 30, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    Does this fall under worker’s comp? I mean this beyond the usual baseball injury that is exempt from WC cases (except in some places like Louisiana).

    • raysfan1 - May 30, 2014 at 7:21 PM

      If the team is paying the medical bills and also still paying him as if he were playing, then there is no need to make it a Workman’s Comp case.

  4. yahmule - May 30, 2014 at 7:00 PM


    Well, I’d say we’ve about lost the war on this one.

    • masher1965 - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:19 PM

      I say we lost the war on that. People are just stupid

  5. marketingforcontractors - May 30, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    I was at the game. Guerrero attacked Olivo.

    • renaado - May 30, 2014 at 9:55 PM

      Dude… It happened in the dugout… How in the heck can you see that?

    • zzalapski - May 31, 2014 at 12:03 AM

      All verifiable evidence indicates that you’re full of crap.

  6. slickdemetrius - May 31, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    Funny, whenever I’ve heard a doctor say “We’re still not out of the woods. But we’re optimistic…”, it’s for something like a sucking chest wound or a slashed carotid artery. Anyway, I hope he recovers physically and emotionally; ‘ears to you Alex!

  7. notsofast10 - May 31, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    You were at the game? Aha, we may have found out your problem, you are from Albuquerque!

    • masher1965 - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:21 PM

      I guess he made that left turn and stayed, eh??

  8. sdbunting - Jun 1, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    …”Loosing.” Come on.

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