A few days ago, the Los Angeles Dodgers were waiting on Cuban signee Yaisel Sierra to arrive in camp. Yesterday, it was learned that he finally arrived at Camelback Ranch. Well, today, he’s finally been cleared to participate in the team’s workout and will be joining them out on the field.

This is pretty big news as the 24-year old right-hander was signed to a six year and $30 million contract recently, and the team will want to start to get a return on their investment fairly quickly. And the team, according to what’s being reported, wants that return in any way that they can possibly get it.


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Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register broke the news today about Sierra being cleared:

That wasn’t all, though. The reports started to make the rounds, and one of them had to do with just how the Dodgers view the talented right-hander going forward — at least as far as this upcoming 2016 season is concerned. The idea? Use him as a reliever. And it does make some sense.

If the Dodgers are planning on using Sierra as a reliever, then it’s a smart way to get some innings out of him this season rather than sending him down to Double-A or Triple-A and letting him stretch his arm out that way. At least here, the team can get some valuable innings out of him in the big leagues.

As Alanna Rizzo goes on to note, Sierra is on his own timetable:

The good news is that the team is handling this properly. They’re working him in with the other pitchers, but not before he does his own program for a few days and gets used to things. They don’t want to overburden him and wear him out long before he ever steps foot inside a Major League stadium.

This is all a process for both the Dodgers and Yaisel Sierra, and it seems that each party is joined in the common goal of making success as easily attainable as possible. Sierra will begin as a reliever, and his stuff should play up well there. The team certainly hopes it does, at least.

The above video is of Yaisel Sierra out there on the field, playing catch for the first time as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers. It’s fantastic to see.

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Justin Russo is a 30-year old sports enthusiast who dabbles in all forms of sports talk. Whether that talk revolves around the NBA, NCAA, NFL, NHL, MLB, or other leagues, he has an opinion. He works as a writer for Warriors World, and was formerly a writer and editor for ClipsNation on the SB Nation network. He also is the Editor-in-chief for But The Game Is On: The Beat.

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