On second thought, Hector Olivera could get some more time in the minors


It was reported late last week that Hector Olivera could make his major league debut with the Braves as soon as Monday, but David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution hears that he might get some more time in the minors instead.

Acquired from the Dodgers in a three-team, 13-player trade last month, Olivera is 4-for-29 (.138) with no extra-base hits over nine minor league rehab games since missing a month with a hamstring strain. He has only played a handful of games in Triple-A. Rosters are set to expand on September 1, so it’s just a matter of time before he takes over as the starting third baseman for the Braves. But giving him a few more games in Triple-A to shake the rust isn’t the worst idea.

Olivera, 30, signed a earlier this year after batting .323/.407/.505 over 10 seasons in Cuba’s Serie Nacional.