Hector Olivera and Pablo Fernandez: What’s the holdup?

Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said Wednesday that infielder Hector Olivera and pitcher Pablo Fernandez, whom the Dodgers signed last month, are still awaiting a visa that will allow them to come to the United States and take their physicals.

Friedman said that both players could take their physicals in the Dominican Republic, but “it’s not the same as having our guys put their hands on him.”

Olivera agreed to terms on a six-year, $62.5 million deal in March. The Dodgers agreed to terms with Fernandez on an $8 million minor-league contract.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.