The Atlanta Braves are calling up third baseman Hector Olivera to the big leagues on Tuesday when rosters expand, according to a source.
Olivera signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers in March on a six-year, $62.5 million deal that included a $28 million signing bonus.
In Triple-A with the Dodgers, Olivera hit .387 (12-31) to go along with one home run and one RBI before injuring his hamstring. With the Braves’ Triple-A team, Olivera has struggled, hitting only .222 with zero home runs and two RBI in nine games.
It’s a surprise that it took Olivera this long to get to the big leagues, given that there were reports that he could be in the big leagues sometime in the last couple weeks. Still, it will be good for the Braves to see their prized acquisition get at-bats against big league pitching.