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Dodgers prospect Hector Olivera sidelined by strained hamstring

Dodgers prospect Hector Olivera sidelined by strained hamstring
The Dodgers spent $62.5 million on 30-year-old Cuban infielder Hector Olivera, shown in 2010, during the off-season. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

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

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Olivera split time between second and third base.

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