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Yaisel Sierra wasn't the only Cuban to arrive at Dodgers camp Monday

Yaisel Sierra will don his Dodger uniform shortly.
Yaisel Sierra will don his Dodger uniform shortly.
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PHOENIX -- New Dodgers pitcher Yaisel Sierra was at Camelback Ranch on Monday though wasn't quite ready to join his new teammates in workouts.

The Cuban right-handed pitcher, who finalized a six-year, $30 million contract on Feb. 21, is expected to officially be in uniform within a few days, once his immigration process is complete.

"I'm looking forward to seeing him as much as you guys are. As far as skillset and what he brings to the table, [2016] is a goal for us. But there is a lot that goes into it," manager Dave Roberts said on Saturday. "I don't know what condition he's in, the shape of his arm, getting familiar. There is an adjustment period and a learning curve as far as culture and major league baseball that we have to account for. I'm looking forward to him getting in front of us."

Sierra wasn't the only new Cuban reportedly in Dodgers camp, with the three largest amateur bonuses awarded by the Dodgers during the current international signing period also here, per Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register.

The Dodgers spent a total of $75 million in bonuses and overage taxes on these three players alone. Last week, general manager Farhan Zaidi said that the pitcher Alvarez, 20 next week, the outfielder Diaz, 19, and the infielder Estevez, 18, would play in the United States this season, and were expected at some point during spring training.

"They're all going to be here, at some point," Zaidi said last Monday. "There is some optimism, and we are hopeful that they will be in camp while we are still here."

That time has arrived, it seems. The first official workout on the minor league side of camp is March 9.


In addition to Kenta Maeda throwing two innings to live hitters on Monday, Julio Urias, Jose De Leon and Chris Anderson all threw two innings against hitters as well.

Chris Hatcher took a ball off his foot on Saturday. but has recovered from that, Roberts said.

John Danks will start for the White Sox against the Dodgers on Thursday, per Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago.