Brawls aren't unusual in baseball, but a brawl between teammates in the dugout? That's a different story.
In a bizarre moment at Smith's Ballpark Tuesday afternoon, Albuquerque Isotopes catcher Miguel Olivo and infielder Alex Guerrero got into spat that ended with Olivo biting off a piece of Guerrero's ear in the Isotopes dugout, Guerrero's agent Scott Boras told CBS Sports.
"It's assault and battery," Boras told CBS Sports' Jon Heyman. "There's nothing he could have said to prompt this."
Boras also told ESPN's Danny Knobler that Guerrero needed plastic surgery on his ear.
The Isotopes are the Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
In an interview with MLB writer Ken Gurnick, Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti confirmed the altercation and said he would discus the incident with the Isotopes' managers.
"We don't condone it, and we don't think it's constructive," Colletti told Gurnick. "People can have disagreements. When it gets beyond that level, it's over the limit."
According to the blog Sting' Em Bees, the feud began when Guerrero failed to cover the bag at second, allowing Bees players to steal the base with ease.
"A couple times the runners advanced with the ball in (catcher) Miguel Olivo’s hand," wrote the bloggers at Sting' Em Bees. "I got the feeling he was upset that no one was talking to let him know there was a runner, and when they did scream “runner,” no one was at the bag to cover a play. That is certainly a cluster of plays that got under the skin of Olivo."
The fight escalated later in the dugout, where Guerrero had a piece of his ear bitten off.
Guerrero signed a 4-year, $28 million deal last year and made his Major League Baseball debut at the very start of the season, but has spent most of the 2014 season in Albuquerque.
Olivo has played eight games with the Dodgers this season, batting .217, with one extra base hit and two RBIs. He has 13 years of Major League Baseball experience and has 145 career home runs and a .240 career batting average.
Both Guerrero and Olivo were suspended for the rest of the game after the incident. The Bees won the game, 7-4.
According to KSL.com, Guerrero was unsure if he wanted to pursue charges after the incident.
Dodgers Alex Guerrero could miss as much as 5 weeks after biting incident in Triple-A game today: http://t.co/bOR7tiro1w— Danny Knobler (@DannyKnobler) May 21, 2014
4 comments on this story
scott boras just said by phone olivo 1st punched guerrero, then as he told @jonmorosi, bit part of alex's ear off— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) May 20, 2014
So, Salt Lake Police established contact with Guerrero, but the formal investigation has yet to begin, pending what Guerrero decides.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) May 21, 2014
Det. Greg Wilking of Salt Lake Police on Olivo/Guerrero: Its up in the air as to if or when charges may be filed.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) May 21, 2014