PHOENIX -- New Dodgers pitcher Yaisel Sierra had all the Is dotted and Ts crossed on his immigration paperwork and was finally cleared to officially begin his United States professional career, which began Tuesday with a bullpen session at Camelback Ranch.
The right-hander threw 30 pitches on Tuesday while the bulk of the Dodgers front office on hand to watch. Sierra, finalized a six-year, $30 million contract on Feb. 21,
"Honey[Rick Honeycutt, pitching coach] has talked to him over the last week about what we're doing, and trying to get on the same program," manager Dave Roberts said. "But I think in the first couple days we just want to see where his arm is. He's in pretty good shape, so I think we're going to get him assimilated as soon as possible."
Roberts mentioned Sierra as a relief pitcher, but the Dodgers still plan to try him out as a starting pitcher first, with relieving as a fallback option. From Roberts' perspective, the quickest way he would see Sierra in the majors this year would be pitching in relief.
"I'm ready for my job, whatever that is," Sierra said Tuesday, through a translator. "That's up to the coaches and managers on my team."
Brett Anderson threw to hitters on Tuesday, in line to start on Sunday. Jon Weisman wrote about Anderson's goals for 2016 for Dodger Insider.
Other Dodgers to throw to live hitters on Tuesday were Chris Hatcher, Luis Avilan, Zach Lee, Ross Stripling and Chase De Jong.
In addition to Sierra, other Dodgers to throw bullpen sessions on Tuesday included Scott Kazmir, Mike Bolsinger, Pedro Baez, Louis Coleman, Jharel Cotton and Jacob Rhame.