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Alex Guerrero's ear reattachment surgery, medical update

Alex Guerrero in Dodgers dugout during opening day game in Australia
Alex Guerrero in Dodgers dugout during opening day game in Australia
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Scott Boras, agent of the Los Angeles Dodgers' Alex Guerrero gave media a medical update this weekend about his client's health. Guerrero is still healing from his ear reattachment surgery and doctors are cautiously optimistic. You may recall how it happened, in one of the ugliest dugout incidents ever seen in baseball.

Guerrero lost a significant portion of his ear after former teammate Miguel Olivo bit it off in an argument over a missed play on the field, May 21, 2014. The two played for the Dodgers Triple-A farm team in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Olivo was first suspended by the Dodgers and then cut from the team's roster. Alex Guerrero is a prized free agent infielder from Cuba who the Dodgers paid $28 million to sign in the off-season. In the immediate aftermath of the tragedy, Scott Boras called Olivo's actions, "cannibalism".

According to CBS Sports Jon Heyman, Boras was more upbeat about his client's prospects to recover. "We're still not out of the woods. But we're optimistic. The doctor gave a good report..." While unable to discuss if and when Guerrero will return to baseball, the agent said, "The first thing is to save the ear, and the hope is that reattachment surgery was a success."

The words "ear reattachment" can give you reason to pause, and rightly so. This was not a situation in which the player's earlobe took a beating, with some tissue lost. Olivo severed a chunk of the upper part of Guerrero's ear. Dodgers president Stan Kasten spoke with NBC Sports about the severity of the attack.

"The surgical procedure was complicated because of how much of Guerrero's ear was bitten off. 'It was the whole upper part of the ear,' Kasten said. 'This is plastic surgery to reattach a portion of the ear and to regrow skin over it.'

If this particular procedure doesn't work to reattach and heal the ear, there are other avenues to take, but nothing is promised or guaranteed. The player is currently staying in a hotel near his hospital in Los Angeles, checking in daily for treatment.

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