Los Angeles Dodgers release Miguel Olivo after minor league brawl

By Associated Press

Published: Thursday, May 22 2014 1:50 p.m. MDT

Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Miguel Olivo, left, sits during a rain delay in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Monday, May 5, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Alex Brandon, AP

NEW YORK (AP) — Miguel Olivo has been released by the Los Angeles Dodgers after his fight in the dugout with Triple-A Albuquerque teammate Alex Guerrero.

The team announced the move Thursday in a two-sentence statement that made no reference to the brawl during a game Tuesday at Salt Lake.

Olivo was placed on the suspended list the next day by the Albuquerque Isotopes. The veteran catcher's release reduces the Dodgers' roster to 39 players.

The Dodgers had said Guerrero is recovering from reconstructive surgery on his left ear and will remain in a Salt Lake City hospital for a couple of days.

Guerrero, the Dodgers' No. 7 prospect according to Baseball America heading into this season, isn't expect to press charges.

Olivo has displayed a hot temper on the field before, charging at Jose Reyes and missing with a wild punch during a dustup between the Marlins and Mets in the 2007 season. The 35-year-old catcher appeared in eight games for the Dodgers this month, marking his 13th season in the majors.

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