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|2014 Season (CBSSports.com)||470.00||21.00||.221||61.00||58.00||0.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs Griffin (Career)||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|03/06/2014||Yadier Molina, C STL|
Mike Olt, 1B CHC
Junior Lake, LF CHC
|Steve Cishek, RP MIA|
|03/05/2014||Michael Brantley, LF CLE|
Mike Olt, 1B CHC
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B LAD
|Will Venable, CF SD|
|03/04/2014||Mike Olt, 1B CHC|
Alex White, SP HOU
|Jesse Hahn, SP SD|
Tyson Ross, RP SD
|Last 10 Games|
|Mike Olt goes deep as pinch-hitter |
|by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com|
(3/4/14) Cubs third baseman Mike Olt hit his first home run of the spring Tuesday against the Athletics, after entering the game as a pinch-hitter. He drove in two in his lone at-bat, as he took Athletics' pitcher Michael Ynoa deep in the 8th inning in the 6-4 win.
Olt has appeared in just two of the Cubs' first five spring games, with one hit in three at-bats. He has dealt with a sore shoulder that has limited him in the field, though the injury is not considered serious.
|MIke Olt dealing with shoulder soreness |
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
(2/28/14) Cubs third baseman Mike Olt has been dealing with a sore right shoulder, CSNChicago.com reports. He served as the designated hitter in Wednesday's intrasquad game and Thursday's Cactus League opener.
"He’s doing well," manager Rick Renteria said Friday. "He’s throwing fine, and he’s been working at all the positions to get himself ready. We’re going to try to get him some at-bats and keep him active."
Olt has put his concussion and vision problems behind him, and if he can do the same with the shoulder issue, he could challenge for a starting role at third base, where the Cubs likely have Luis Valbuena penciled in as the starter.
|Mike Olt feels like he's ahead of schedule |
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
(2/20/14) Cubs third baseman Mike Olt said he's ahead of schedule this spring, according to MLB.com.
Olt has struggled lately due to vision problems. The team believes the problems are fixed now, and Olt is taking medication to deal with allergies. Olt says he "saw the ball really well" while facing live pitching Wednesday. He wasn't sure whether he would take swings, but felt comfortable enough to give it a shot. He feels as though he's ahead of where he normally would be at this point in spring training.
Olt is expected to compete for a spot on the team's 25-man roster this spring.
|Mike Olt works at first base Wednesday |
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
(2/19/14) Cubs third baseman Mike Olt worked out at first base Wednesday during the team's first day of workouts, MLB.com reports.
Olt, who is hoping to compete for the starting third base job during spring training, could wind up serving as a backup at first base, where the team doesn't anyone behind Anthony Rizzo, if he isn't named a starter. Olt made eight appearances at first base in 16 games played in 2012, his last season of major-league action.
|Cubs eager to assess Mike Olt's progress in spring training |
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
(1/19/14) The Cubs are eager to see how third baseman Mike Olt will perform this spring now that it appears his vision problems have been corrected, according to MLB.com.
Olt, who hit a disappointing .201 in 107 games last season in the minors, is taking allergy medication, which has helped improve his vision.
"I think we'll see pretty early in camp just how the things he's done in the offseason have had an effect," said Cubs senior vice president of player development Jason McLeod, who added Olt is an "athletic, strong guy who can play third base."
|Though Mike Olt played exclusively third base in the minors last year, his eligibility at first base dates back to his brief stint with the Rangers in 2012. Of course, after the season he just had, the bigger question than where he'll play is if he'll play. Just a year ago, he seemed like a lock for an everyday role somewhere down the line, but then it's like he forgot how to hit. He blamed a vision problem -- specifically, an inability to produce tears in his right eye after getting hit in the head in the Dominican Winter League -- but even with treatment, he was only worse after coming over to the Cubs in the Matt Garza deal, hitting a ghastly .168 in 131 at-bats at Triple-A Iowa. Granted, no one ever pegged Olt as a future batting title contender, but he has to hit at least .240 or so for his power and patience to amount to anything. Hopefully, the offseason will allow him to get to the bottom of the eye problem once and for all. With only Luis Valbuena in his way, he'll surely be in the mix for the third base job this spring and may not get another chance with Kris Bryant climbing the ladder behind him.
(Updated 1/15/14) |
|Upcoming 7 Games|
|3/7/14||CLE||3:05 pm|| |
|3/7/14||@ LAA||3:05 pm|| |
|3/8/14||@ CIN||3:05 pm|| |
|3/9/14||MIL||4:05 pm|| |
|3/10/14||@ SF||4:05 pm|| |
|3/11/14||COL||4:05 pm|| |
|3/12/14||@ SEA||10:05 pm|| |