According to the Braves front office, Cuban LF Hector Olivera will serve an 82 game suspension without pay for his part in a domestic violence case that took place on April 13 outside a hotel in Arlington, Va.
Police spokeswoman Ashley Savage, stated that police were called around 7 a.m. to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel with allegations of a domestic disturbance. The police arrested Olivera and the woman was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
This will only add insult to injury for the Atlanta Braves as they continue their terrible start to the 2016 season, with a cringe-worthy 13-34 record.
Olivera will be allowed to participate in an extended spring training and may begin a rehab assignment beginning July 15th.
Olivera was considered a future star before being signed as an international free agent out of Cuba. Shortly after signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Olivera was traded to the Braves in a deal that included Pitchers Alex Wood and Jim Johnson. Olivera made his first appearance for the Braves on September 1st and hit .253, two homers. and 11 RBIs during his short 2015 season. After the 2015 season, Olivera made the transition to LF during spring training.
Early 2016 predictions had Olivera being the power hitter the Braves sorely needed. He then went on to hit .211 with no homers and two RBIs in 6 games. The Braves are still on the hook for $28 million of Olivera’s contract, the remaining $19 million will be covered by the Dodgers.