It’s the first day of the All-Star break. Minus the eight players in tonight’s
Even in the minor leagues, most players have a few days off.
Just not Hector Olivera.
The Cuban prospect, whom the
In five rehab games, he has gone 5 for 14 at the plate and seen time at second base, third base and designated hitter. And during the All-Star break, he will continue to train and play in two Arizona League games, Dodgers Manager
"The main thing with him is getting back and playing. Once our guys think he's ready to play, he'll go," Mattingly said.
Mattingly also said Olivera is likely to return to triple-A after the break. Andrew Freidman, Dodgers president of baseball operations, has said he expects Olivera to make it to the majors this year, but at the moment, Los Angeles doesn’t have any gaping holes for Olivera to fill. Howie Kendrick and
Still, Mattingly said Sunday, once Olivera is completely healthy, it would be unlikely that he would stay in the minors for long.
"When we signed him, we didn't think he was a triple-A guy. We signed him thinking he was a big league guy. He just has to be ready to play," Mattingly said. "He has a chance to be part of what we're doing for sure."
If the Dodgers continue to swing the bats the way they have for the last two months, they may bring Olivera up sooner rather than later. With Sunday's win, L.A. is 29-28 since May 13, and over that period, the Dodgers have averaged just 3.6 runs per game after averaging 5.3 to start the year.
Mattingly, however, cautioned against comparing Olivera to the other star Cuban prospect to come along in the last few years.
“I don’t know if Olivera is the same as [
"I think he gives us another answer or potential guy who can do some things offensively."