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Dodgers prospect Hector Olivera sidelined by strained hamstring

Dodgers prospect Hector Olivera sidelined by strained hamstring

Hector Olivera’s ascension to the major leagues could be delayed, as the $62.5-million infielder is in Arizona rehabilitating a strained left hamstring.

Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly described Olivera’s hamstring injury as mild, saying the Cuban was diagnosed with a Grade-1 strain. Mattingly was uncertain of when Olivera could resume playing games.

Olivera last played Saturday for triple-A Oklahoma City, for which he is batting .387 with one home run and one run batted in in seven games. He has been placed on the team’s seven-day disabled list.

Before the 30-year-old Olivera was promoted to triple A, he played in six games for double-A Tulsa, where he batted .318 with a home run and six runs batted in.

Andrew Friedman, the team’s president of baseball operations, has said he expects Olivera to reach the major leagues this season.

Olivera split time between second and third base.


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