Alex Guerrero, a Los Angeles Dodgers prospect, is said to be healing well after undergoing an ear re-attachment surgery this week. Guerrero’s agent, Scott Boras, made the announcement that those surrounding the incident are optimistic that Guerrero will have a full recovery.
“We’re still not out of the woods. But we’re optimistic. The doctor gave a good report,” Boras said.
No timetable has been given for his return. Guerrero is concentrating 100% on his health at the moment. The incident occurred when his ex-teammate, Miguel Olivo, bit off a chunk of his ear during an altercation between the two in the dugout.
“The first thing is to save the ear, and the hope is that reattachment surgery was a success,” Boras said.
When asked to discuss Guerrero’s return to play, Boras simply stated “We’re not at that point.”
Guerrero is currently staying at a hotel across the street from the UCLA Medical Center. He checks in daily at the hospital and spends a few hours each day in a hyperbaric chamber to help increase blood flow. Increasing the blood flow is the best step to help the re-attachment take and to prevent further surgeries.
Guerrero is also doing better psychologically. Being on the receiving end of such a violent act is sure to mess with someone’s head.
No word has been disclosed as to whether Guerrero plans to press charges on Olivo, who has been released by the team following the incident. Boras simply said that he and Geurrero haven’t made a decision about the next step to take and the legal situation will be reviewed after Guerrero is further along in his recovery.