Dodgers Cut Miguel Olivo After Ear-Biting Suspension

Miguel Olivo has been released by the Dodgers. (USATSI)
Miguel Olivo has been released by the Dodgers. (USATSI)

Unsurprisingly, the Dodgers have released catcher Miguel Olivo from their Triple-A affiliate, the team announced. He literally bit off a teammate’s ear during a fight earlier this week.

As reported by Jon Heyman of, Olivo punched and then bit teammate Alex Guerrero. A piece of Guerrero’s ear fell to the dugout floor and had to be surgically reattached. He is expected to miss a month or so.

Olivo was reportedly angry with Guerrero because he did not get a tag down in time during a stolen base attempt. Guerrero, who signed a four-year contract worth $28 million over the winter, was playing shortstop.

A police report was filed — the Dodgers are performing their own investigation — and Olivo was immediately suspended. Now he’s been released. It was only a matter of time, really.

In all likelihood, Olivo will never play affiliated baseball again. It’s tough to imagine any club signing a player after he attacks a teammate, especially a 35-year-old backup catcher who’s been replacement level for the better part of a decade.

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Mike Axisa

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