Alex Guerrero is back to being a baseball player.
Guerrero has reported to Camelback Ranch in Phoenix to resume baseball activities, Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti said. His return comes five weeks after a bizarre incident at triple-A Albuquerque.
Guerrero appeared to be on the verge of promotion to the major leagues when catcher Miguel Olivo bit off part of his left ear in a May 20 dugout confrontation. The Dodgers released Olivo two days later.
Guerrero underwent surgery to reattach the upper portion of the ear, and the ear was saved, Scott Boras, agent for Guerrero, told CBS Sports.
Colletti said Guerrero's return to the field would depend on how long it took him to regain his conditioning. Guerrero was batting .376 for Albuquerque, with six home runs in the five games preceding the incident.
The Dodgers signed the Cuban infielder for four years and $28 million last fall, expecting him to be their starting second baseman. He was a shortstop in Cuba, and the Dodgers decided to send him to triple-A for more defensive work at second base.
In the days before the injury, the Dodgers had played him at shortstop and third base as well in preparation for a possible utility role in the major leagues.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times