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US baseball player 'loses part of ear' in fight with team-mate

Albuquerque Isotopes' Alex Guerrero, 7 March 2014 Image copyright AP
Image caption Alex Guerrero is considered a promising prospect by the Los Angeles Dodgers

Baseball player Alex Guerrero from the Albuquerque Isotopes is reported to have lost part of his earlobe in a fight with team-mate Miguel Olivo.

An argument during a game in Salt Lake City developed into a scrap between the two players in the dugout.

Guerrero will need plastic surgery, his agent says, after Olivo allegedly bit part of his ear off.

Albuquerque Isotopes, a feeder team for the Los Angeles Dodgers, lost their game 7-4 to the Salt Lake Bees.

Guerrero, from Cuba, is an infielder with the Isotopes and Olivo, from the Dominican Republic, is a catcher.

A least one punch was thrown and one player's ear "was displaced by a bite", according to Guerrero's agent, Scott Boras.

Guerrero, seen as a promising prospect, has signed a four-year contract worth $28m (£16m) with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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