Source: Dodgers’ Hector Olivera doesn’t need Tommy John surgery

There has been some concern that the elbow injury suffered by recent Los Angeles Dodgers signee Hector Olivera would require Tommy John surgery, but that doesn’t appear to be the case.

According to a source with knowledge of the situation, Olivera does not need Tommy John surgery. Doctors cleared his elbow and the elbow sprain “looks fully healed,” according to the source.

If Olivera needed Tommy John surgery, there would have been an extra year and $1 million added to his contract, sources said.

Olivera, 30, agreed to a six-year, $62.5 million deal with the Dodgers on March 24, but a deal has yet to be signed since Olivera did not have a work visa. A deal should be signed sometime in the coming days.

When a deal becomes official, Olivera will report to one of the Dodgers minor-league teams for a month or so before coming to MLB.

In ten seasons in Cuba, Olivera hit .323 with 96 home runs and 433 RBI.

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