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Dodgers prospect may not file charges over bitten ear at Bees game

Published May 21, 2014 3:07 pm

Part of Alex Guerrero's ear was bitten off in a dugout brawl during Tuesday game vs. Bees.
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It appears Los Angeles Dodger prospect Alex Guerrero does not want charges filed after a teammate reportedly bit off part of his ear during a game.

Guerrero was injured during a fight with teammate Miguel Olivo during Tuesday's Salt Lake Bees-Albuquerque Isotopes game at Smith's Ballpark in Salt Lake City.

According to Salt Lake City police, Guerrero declined to file a complaint about the incident, which would have been the first step toward criminal prosecution.

On Wednesday night, the Isotopes said Olivo "will remain suspended pending the completion of an investigation" into the brawl.

Coincidentally, the game was the annual Salt Lake Bees' Prevention Dimensions Day, which promotes, among other things, violence prevention. The fight in the Isotopes' dugout occurred in front of a nearly sold-out crowd, most of whom were children.

Guerrero and Olivo reportedly confronted each other in the seventh inning during an Albuquerque pitching change.

The Los Angeles Times reported that the disagreement began with Olivo getting upset that Guerrero failed to tag out a runner after a throw from Olivo, according to Boras.

By the next inning, standing near the mound, Olivo charged Guerrero before teammates stepped between them.

Guerrero is a Cuban infielder who signed with the Dodgers last winter for $28 million. The Dodgers, who issued a statement saying the organization was investigating the incident, confirmed that Guerrero is recovering from reconstructive surgery on his left ear and will remain in a Salt Lake City hospital for a couple of days. It's unclear how long he will be sidelined.

The Associated Press and Tribune reporters Bob Mims and Steve Luhm contributed to this story.