Cuban infielder Hector Olivera signed a $62.5 million deal with the Dodgers last week, but don’t expect to see him in the majors anytime soon. In fact, he’s not even in America yet.
Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that Olivera remains in the Dominican Republic “waiting for a visa.” Once that happens he’ll travel to Los Angeles for a physical exam, which is a bigger issue than usual due to concerns about the health of his elbow and worries that he may need Tommy John surgery.
If he’s deemed healthy enough to play Olivera will begin his American career in the minors, but it’s not clear which level yet. Howie Kendrick and Juan Uribe are manning third base and second base for the Dodgers, so there’s no sense that Olivera will be on the fast track to Los Angeles.