ATLANTA (AP) In what is shaping up as their worst season since 1990, the Atlanta Braves at least have a little something to be excited about in the final month of the season.
Cuban defector Hector Olivera was called up for Tuesday's game against the Miami Marlins. He is batting sixth and playing third base.
Olivera was acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers just before the deadline for non-waiver trades in a blockbuster deal that also included the Marlins. The Braves paid a heavy price for the 30-year-old, giving up pitchers Alex Wood, Jim Johnson, and Luis Avilan, along with top prospect Jose Peraza.
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Olivera has been slowed this season by a hamstring injury. But he figures to get plenty of playing time with the Braves.