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“It’s something we don’t condone and it’s something that we don’t think is constructive,” Colletti said at Citi Field, where Los Angeles opened a three-game series against the New York Mets. “Obviously, people can have disagreements. That happens many times in many places. But when it gets beyond that level, I think it’s over the line.”
Colletti said he doesn’t think either player sustained an injury that would keep him from playing. The Dodgers released a statement saying the baseball operations department “is aware of the altercation and is conducting an investigation into the matter.”
“I’ve talked to the coaches, I’ve talked to a lot of different people. They’re still looking into it. So until we know exactly what happened and what precipitated what, don’t have anything else really to add to it,” Colletti said. “I’ll talk to everybody that I think can help us understand what took place.”
The 35-year-old catcher appeared in eight games for the Dodgers this month, marking his 13th season in the majors.
The Salt Lake Tribune reported the fight happened in the dugout during the eighth inning of Albuquerque’s 7-4 loss to Salt Lake, briefly delaying the game, and both players were removed from the lineup soon afterward.
The 27-year-old Guerrero was hitting .368 with 10 homers and 29 RBIs in the Pacific Coast League.
“We think offensively that he’s very close. Defensively, he still needs repetition,” Colletti said.
Guerrero was playing second base at Albuquerque, but the club recently started putting him at shortstop to develop some versatility.
“His bat is starting to come to life, and we need to be able to find playing time for him if we bring him to the big leagues, maybe at a variety of different positions,” Colletti said.
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