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Alex Guerrero is finally ready for baseball activities five weeks after Miguel Olivo bit his ear off

Jun 25, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT

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Five weeks after Triple-A teammate Miguel Olivo bit part of his ear off in a dugout incident Dodgers prospect Alex Guerrero is almost ready to resume playing.

General manager Ned Colletti told Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles that Guerrero has reported to the Dodgers’ training facility in Arizona and will work on his conditioning there until he’s cleared for game action.

Guerrero required plastic surgery to re-attach the missing chunk from his ear after the since-released Olivo went insane in the middle of a game. At the time he was hitting .376 with 10 homers and a 1.152 OPS in 33 games and the 27-year-old Cuban defector who signed with the Dodgers for $28 million appeared on the verge of being called up to the big leagues.

At some point in the second half Guerrero could emerge as an option to replace Dee Gordon, who’s hit just .224 with a .299 on-base percentage and .345 slugging percentage in his last 45 games following a hot start.

  1. lyon810 - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    It’s already been 5 weeks since this happened???

    Life is flying by…

  2. cur68 - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    Some soccer biting incidents from yesterday, too. Man. What is it with some dudes and their teef? Didn’t that all stop back when y’all were toddlers?

    • sabatimus - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:07 PM

      Perhaps Luis Suarez should be forced to wear a pacifier.

      • cur68 - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:08 PM

      • jwbiii - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:31 PM

        cur68, I was thinking more like a hockey goalie mask, but that allows more visibility.

  3. yahmule - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    Fading scrubs playing out the string in the minors tend to harbor a certain amount of jealousy towards high dollar prospects, but rarely do they maim them in front of hundreds of witnesses.

  4. rbts2014 - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    Too bad it won’t be as simple as activate Alex Guerrero from the Isotopes DL and place Joc Pederson on the Isotopes DL.  ;)

    I”m glad to hear Alex is nearing a return – I enjoy watching him play for the hometown club.

    BTW, Miguel Olivo was recently signed by the Toritos de Tecate of the Liga Norte de Mexico.

    WordPress.com Aaron Gleeman posted: “Five weeks after Triple-A teammate Miguel Olivo bit part of his ear off in a dugout incident Dodgers prospect Alex Guerrero is almost ready to resume playing. General manager Ned Colletti told Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles that Guerrero has reported t”

    • jwbiii - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:06 PM

      Have you heard anything more on Pederson’s shoulder?

      • rbts2014 - Jun 25, 2014 at 5:43 PM

        I wouldn’t expect to hear anything today since it’s an off-day for the Isotopes and off-days are like vacation days if there is anything the team wants to disclose.

        All I know is that the game tuesday was the last game of the roadtrip before the off-day and that Albuquerque flew here (back to Albuquerque) Tuesday evening or today on the off-day and Joc was to have a MRI done.

        I’m going to be watching the Sportsnet LA game tonight, partially to see if they report if the Dodgers brass has told them what the MRI showed, or maybe they’ll have the info on Dodgertalk after the game.

        I definitely hope to hear something Thursday night during the Isotopes broadcast because it should be known for sure by then what the MRI found and Joc will either be back in the lineup, sitting out day-to-day, or put on the 7-day DL if it was bad enough.

  5. lincolncityore - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    To many Mike Tyson fans out there!

    • mazblast - Jun 25, 2014 at 5:25 PM

      Battle royal–Tyson, Olivo, and Luis Suarez. I think Tyson would win.

      • yahmule - Jun 25, 2014 at 8:04 PM

        You didn’t see his last few fights.

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