Dodgers infielder Hector Olivera was placed on the seven-day disabled list by Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday with a hamstring injury, retroactive to Sunday.
Olivera, who signed a six-year, $62.5 million contract with the Dodgers in May, was performing well in both Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City, hitting a combined .358/.393/.528 with two home runs in 13 games. He has played nine games at third base, and four more at second base.
But he pulled up while running to first base in the sixth inning on a ground ball to shortstop on Saturday against Memphis, and was removed from the game.
Manager Don Mattingly talked over the weekend about how Olivera wouldn't be called up to the Dodgers anytime in the immediate future, but he didn't mean like this. The earliest Olivera could be activated from the DL is Sunday, but it doesn't sound like that will be the case.
OKC Dodgers infielder Hector Olivera has been placed on the 7-day DL, retroactive to Sunday. He is not here. Locker already gone.— Jacob Unruh (@jacobunruh) June 23, 2015
Hector Olivera's locker is gone because he will be rehabbing his hamstring in Arizona. No timetable on return to Triple A.— Jacob Unruh (@jacobunruh) June 23, 2015
Mattingly on Monday gave an update of sorts to reporters in Chicago.
Hector Olivera has a slight left hamstring strain. Grade 1.— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) June 23, 2015
Mattingly says that Hector Olivera has a slight left hamstring strain. No timetable but "I'm assuming it's going to be short."— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) June 23, 2015
Best estimate 2-3 weeks down time for Olivera. #Dodgers— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) June 23, 2015
Mattingly on Saturday, before Olivera's injury, likened his time in the minors right now to spring training, still needing reps before being major league ready.
"We still feel there's baseball left to play for him to get in shape, to get his legs underneath him. He hasn't played in a while," Mattingly said. "It's not as easy as showing up after playing 10-12 games and feeling like you're ready to go. He still has a little ways to go as far as being ready, then we'll see where we're at."