Los Angeles Dodgers prospect Alex Guerrero's agent said the infielder is making progress following ear reattachment surgery, CBSSports.com reported Friday.
Agent Scott Boras said the hope remains that Guerrero's ear has been saved after he lost a significant chunk of it in a biting incident.
"We're still not out of the woods. But we're optimistic. The doctor gave a good report (on Thursday)," Boras told Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
There is no timetable yet for Guerrero's return.
Guerrero had been on hot streak at Triple-A Albuquerque, hitting .600 (16-for-25) with six home runs over the six games before the dugout altercation with ex-teammate Miguel Olivo, who was said by witnesses to bite off a chunk of Guerrero's ear.
"The first thing is to save the ear, and the hope is that reattachment surgery was a success," Boras said.
The release of Olivo, a 10-year veteran, came one day after he was suspended from Albuquerque.
In a 7-4 Albuquerque loss to Salt Lake City on May 20, Olivo had to be restrained from going after Guerrero on the mound during a pitching change, apparently angry that Guerrero failed to tag out a base stealer.
Olivo then reportedly punched Guerrero in the dugout the next inning and, while being restrained by teammates, launched at and bit off a piece of Guerrero's left ear.
Guerrero, a 27-year-old Cuban, signed for $28 million this past winter.