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Dodgers @ Mets May 20, 2014: No Really, Miguel Olivo Bit Alex Guerrero

citifieldThe first I heard of today’s Triple-A dust-up between Miguel Olivo and Alex Guerrero was shortly afterward in the Dodger clubhouse here in New York, where one Dodger reliever walked into the clubhouse with another, saying “Did you hear that Olivo bit Guerrero? He went full Mike Tyson on him.” If Scott Boras is to be believed, that’s not an exaggeration, saying that “part of Guerrero’s ear was displaced” and that Guerrero is having plastic surgery. Seriously. This is a real thing that happened. I can’t believe I’m writing it.

Dodgers
Mets
4:10pm PT
New York, NY
2B
Gordon
LF
E.Young
RF
Puig
2B
Murphy
SS
Ramirez
3B
Wright
1B
Gonzalez
RF
Granderson
CF
Kemp
CF
C.Young
LF
Crawford
1B
Duda
3B
Uribe
SS
Flores
C
Ellis
C
Centeno
P
Beckett (R)
P
Montero (R)

When asked, Don Mattingly obviously wanted nothing to do with it, simply saying that “our baseball ops people are looking into it,” and Ned Colletti, standing nearby in the dugout, echoed that as well, though he clearly didn’t look happy.

That being said, it seems clear what side the team is taking here. Colletti spoke highly of Guerrero, saying that he wants to find a way to get his bat into the lineup, “maybe at a variety of positions.” When asked if Guerrero would see time at third base, Colletti replied with a sly smile and a “perhaps.” (Chris Jackson notes that Guerrero is expected to see time at the hot corner soon.)

So there’s all that… and still a game to play tonight, with Josh Beckett against rookie Rafael Montero. Mattingly confirmed that Hyun-jin Ryu would start tomorrow, but claims that there still hasn’t been a decision on who goes down to make room for him. Not that he’d tell us anyway; you certainly understand wanting to see what happens tonight before committing to much. If Chris Withrow suddenly throws 58 pitches in relief, that’s a pretty good sign.

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RK. Jansen-1217
RB. League-1411
LP. Maholm-242119
RC. Perez-17257
RB. Wilson-1515
RJ. Wright-3115

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Mike wrote daily for over six long years (2007-13) about the Dodgers at Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness, which was named 2011′s “Best Sports Blog” by LA Weekly. He can currently be found writing multiple times per week at FanGraphs and ESPN, along with producing and editing for Sports On Earth. He lives in New York City and will probably be asleep or on vacation when awesome things happen.