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Miguel Olivo Released by Dodgers: Latest Details, Reaction and Analysis

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Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistMay 22, 2014

Two days after biting off part of a teammate's ear during a physical altercation, catcher Miguel Olivo has been released by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reported the news on Twitter:

While Olivo was originally just suspended for the incident, according to ESPN's Danny Knobler, it's now apparent that his days with the Dodgers organization are over. 

The 35-year-old was playing for the Albuquerque Isotopes, the Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate, when an argument with middle infielder Alex Guerrero—stemming from a missed tag in the previous inning—led to the incident in the dugout. 

Knobler also noted that Guerrero could miss five weeks after getting plastic surgery on his ear, and passed along Dodgers GM Ned Colletti's reaction: "We don't condone it, and we don't think it's constructive. People can have disagreements. When it gets beyond that level, it's over the limit."

Guerrero, a Cuban defector who signed a $28 million deal with the Dodgers this offseason, has declined to press charges, per The Salt Lake Tribune.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports joked about a possible career move for the veteran catcher:

Ben Badler of Baseball America followed suit, poking fun at the situation surrounding the roster move:  

Though he struggled in limited action with the Dodgers this season, Olivo had been playing very well for the Isotopes prior to the incident. In 20 games, he hit .368 with four home runs, 20 RBI and a 1.013 OPS.

An MLB team looking for depth behind the plate could take a flier on Olivo, but it wouldn't be surprising if he remains a free agent considering the nature of this transgression. With a clean clubhouse record before this incident, the journeyman's best shot to return likely rests with one of the organizations he played for in the past. 

The native Dominican has spent 13 years in the big leagues for seven different teams, including two stints with both the Marlins and the Mariners


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