Braves call up third baseman Hector Olivera

Tuesday September 1st, 2015

The Atlanta Braves have called up Cuban infielder Hector Olivera, the team announced Tuesday.

He will make his major league debut at third base on Tuesday against the Miami Marlins.

Olivera was acquired by the Braves in a three-team deal that sent reliever Jim Johnson and starter Alex Wood to the Los Angeles Dodgers in July.

Olivera signed a six-year, $62.5 million deal in March with Los Angeles, which included a $28 million signing bonus. He appeared in just 19 games for the Dodgers’ organization across three levels of the minor leagues before being dealt to Atlanta.

Upon returning from a hamstring injury suffered in mid-July while with the Dodgers, Olivera hit .231 with three RBIs in 10 games for the Triple A Gwinnett Braves.

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Olivera, 30, was part of the Cuban team that won a silver medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

The Braves also reinstated lefthander Manny Banuelos from the 15-day disabled list and recalled righthanders Dan Burawa and Brandon Cunniff, and infielder Daniel Castro, from Triple A Gwinnett.

- Christopher Chavez

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