SAN DIEGO -- It's only a matter of time now before the Los Angeles Dodgers' latest Cuban acquisition gets his major-league opportunity.
The club promoted infielder Hector Olivera to Triple-A Oklahoma City Friday after he batted .318 with a .455 slugging percentage in six games at Double-A Tulsa. The Dodgers signed Olivera, 30, to a six-year, $62.5 million contract after agreeing to terms in March and expect him to be in the big leagues this season, probably in a matter of weeks.
The plan, according to manager Don Mattingly, will be to use Olivera at multiple positions when he arrives. If the Dodgers simply insert Olivera as an everyday third baseman, they would be removing one of their more productive bats from the lineup. Justin Turner has an .891 OPS the past two seasons. Mattingly earlier this season referred to his glut of third basemen as the equivalent of last year's headache finding playing time for so many outfielders.
"If he can hit and do his thing, then we'll figure it out," Mattingly said. "As the season goes, too, days off are good for guys. That's all there is to it. Being able to give multiple guys a day off here and there really has value."
The team also acquired infielder Ronald Torreyes from the Toronto Blue Jays for cash and sent him to Tulsa. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers designated slick-fielding infielder Darwin Barney -- a one-time everyday player for the Chicago Cubs -- for assignment.