GLENDALE, Ariz. -- New Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Yaisel Sierra still has not reported to spring training, five days after his six-year, $30 million contract was made official.
The right-hander was said to be having visa issues at the time the contract was announced, and that status remained unchanged Friday.
"At this point and time, we are still trying to get him over here and I haven't heard in the last day and a half about [an updated] status," manager Dave Roberts said. "We're still anxious."
The thought was that Sierra could end up helping the Dodgers at some point this season, likely out of the bullpen. But every day the Cuba native is out of camp, the less likely it seems that he would be able to help when the season starts in 38 days.
The 24-year-old Sierra has played five seasons in Cuba's Serie Nacional and was a member of his country's gold-medal winning team at the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games.