SALT LAKE CITY — A skirmish between Albuquerque teammates Alex Guerrero and Miguel Olivo during the latter stages of the Isotopes' loss to the Salt Lake Bees at Smith's Ballpark Tuesday afternoon resulted in Olivo biting off a chunk of Guerrero's ear.
Guerrero was taken to a Salt Lake hospital following the incident but refused to file a complaint against his teammate, according to the Salt Lake City Police Department.
The Los Angeles Dodgers, Albuquerque's parent club, weren't as lenient. The Dodgers announced Wednesday that they had suspended Olivo until the completion of an investigation into the dugout brawl.
Isotopes manager Damon Berryhill informed the Bees' PR department that he would not be commenting on the fracas.
Olivo appeared to get upset at Guerrero after the Cuban infielder failed to apply a tag on a stolen-base attempt. The two nearly came to blows on the mound during a pitching change before things escalated in the dugout following the inning.
"They were yelling at each other in the middle of the field every time the pitching coach came out," Salt Lake catcher Luis Martinez said. "I might be mad at an infielder, but I'm not going to take it out on him in the middle of the field. I'm going to take him to the side and talk it out with him. It wasn't handled the right way."