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20 Mike Olt 3B
Height/Weight: 6-2/210 | Birthdate: 8/27/1988 | Birthplace: New Haven, CT | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Chicago | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 3/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Cubs option Arismendy Alcantara, transfer Mike Olt to 60-day DL


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) The Cubs optioned infielder Arismendy Alcantara to Triple-A Iowa Tuesday while also transferring third baseman Mike Olt to the 60-day disabled list.

Both moves clear 25-man and 40-man roster spots for top prospect Addison Russell, who is set to start at second base and bat ninth in his major-league debut Tuesday.

Alcantara was just 2 for 26 with five walks and one stolen base in 11 games with the Cubs. Olt is recovering from a hairline fracture in his wrist.


Cubs' Mike Olt (wrist) expected to begin rehab in 3-4 weeks


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Cubs third baseman Mike Olt (wrist) said Saturday he expects to begin rehab in three-to-four weeks, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Olt is in a cast after suffering a hairline fracture in his wrist, but he was able to avoid any ligament damage. He's expected to eventually return in a reserve role provided rookie Kris Bryant can remain healthy.


Cubs third baseman Mike Olt has no ligament damage in wrist


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Cubs third baseman Mike Olt is on the 15-day DL with a hairline fracture in his wrist, but said he has no ligament damage in the hand, according to the Chicago Tribune.

"We did a different kind of X-ray in Colorado (when he suffered the injury against the Rockies) and my pain wasn't too bad, so we didn't look into it further. Then it just didn't progress as well as we thought, so we did an MRI," Olt said.

He will be battling for his job when he is healthy enough to come back as the team has called up prospect Kris Bryant, who has started two games since he went on the disabled list.


Cubs place 3B Mike Olt on 15-day DL


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) The Cubs placed third baseman Mike Olt on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 15, with a hairline fracture in his right wrist, per the team's official website. Olt will have a cast on his wrist for three weeks before he resumes his rehab.

Third base prospect Kris Bryant was promoted to take his place at third base. Olt batted .154 on 13 at-bats before landing on the DL.


Cubs 3B Mike Olt has hairline fracture of wrist


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Cubs third baseman Mike Olt is heading to the disabled list after an MRI revealed that he has a hairline fracture of his ulna, according to the Daily Herald

Olt will have his wrist in a cast for three weeks. With Olt down, the Cubs are calling up third-base prospect Kris Bryant on Friday. 

Olt is hitting .154 on 13 at-bats to start the season. 


Cubs third baseman Mike Olt out of the lineup again Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Cubs third baseman Mike Olt is out of the starting lineup for the fourth straight game Wednesday against the Reds, the team announced.

Olt is dealing with a wrist injury and is hitting just .154 on 13 at-bats to start the year. Jonathan Herrera will again take his place at third and bat ninth in the order.


Wrist injury forces Cubs' Mike Olt to miss third straight start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Cubs third baseman Mike Olt was held out of the lineup for a third straight game Tuesday against the Reds due to a wrist injury. Jonathan Herrera was once again in the starting lineup at third base for Chicago.

Olt is batting just .154 (2 for 13) with one home run and one RBI in five games. He has five strikeouts and no walks.


Cubs third baseman Mike Olt scratched from lineup Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Cubs third baseman Mike Olt has been scratched from his scheduled start Monday, reports MLB.com.

Olt is dealing with a wrist injury suffered Saturday and was also out of the lineup Sunday, even though he came on in a pinch hit situation. Jonathan Herrera will replace him at third base.


Cubs' Mike Olt back in lineup Monday vs. Reds


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Cubs third baseman Mike Olt is back in the starting lineup Monday against the Reds.

Olt was hit by a pitch on the wrist Saturday but was able to pinch hit one day later before returning to the lineup Monday. Second baseman Tommy La Stella, who is dealing with a strain on his side, is not in the lineup Monday.

The Cubs are favorites (-131) against the Reds Monday.


Cubs third baseman Mike Olt strikes out in pinch-hit at-bat


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Cubs third baseman Mike Olt was able to pinch-hit Sunday after being hit on the wrist in Saturday's game.

"Last night, it was swollen, and I woke up this morning, and it wasn't," Olt said to MLB.com. "That's a big step in the right direction. I could probably steal a bag, whatever they need."

Olt struck out, but remained in the game at third for Jonathan Herrera.


Cubs 3B Olt (wrist) out of lineup, Herrera gets start


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/12/2015) Cubs third baseman Mike Olt will not start Sunday, one day after getting hit by a pitch on his wrist that required X-rays, according to MLB.com, with Jonathan Herrera getting the nod at third base. 

The X-rays on Olt were negative, but Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Saturday that if the wrist remained sore, Olt might not play. Herrera made the Cubs roster with a strong spring training after signing with the team as a free agent in the offseason. He hit .233 in 90 at-bats with Boston last year and has one at-bat in two games this year. 

Olt said that he woke up without any swelling in the wrist and felt good after taking some batting practice swings, noting that he could come off the bench if need be. 


Cubs third baseman Mike Olt leaves game after HBP, X-rays negative


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Cubs third baseman Mike Olt was hit by a pitch Saturday against the Rockies and was forced to leave the game. Olt, who went 1 for 4 with a home run in the game, received X-rays on his arm, which came back negative, reports the Chicago Tribune.

"I couldn’t feel anything," Olt said. "I think it was from the shock of getting hit. Once I was walking away, I was moving it around so I wasn’t as nervous."

Olt was nervous because of where it hit him.

"It caught me just below my wrist," Olt said with his wrist wrapped in ice. "It hurt, but it’s fine now. They didn’t see anything in the x-ray, so it’s a good thing."

"We're going to approach it as if he's going to be sore [Sunday]," manager Joe Maddon said. "I don't know if he can play tomorrow but it does not appear to initially be a break."

If Olt were to miss anytime, Jonathan Herrera would fill in at third base.


Cubs batting Jorge Soler second, Jon Lester eighth Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) The Cubs announced the starting lineup for Sunday's season opener against the Cardinals, with right fielder Jorge Soler slotted into the second spot of the lineup.

Soler spent most of his brief action in 2014 batting fourth or fifth, but he'll slot in between center fielder Dexter Fowler and first baseman Anthony Rizzo Sunday.

The full Cubs lineup Sunday: CF Fowler, RF Soler, 1B Rizzo, SS Starlin Castro, LF Chris Coghlan, 3B Mike Olt, C David Ross, SP Jon Lester, 2B Tommy La Stella.

Ross draws the start at catcher with former Red Sox teammate Lester on the mound. Manager Joe Maddon will bat the pitcher eighth, Olt and La Stella join Rizzo and Castro in the infield for the team's first game, with Arismendy Alcantara set to come off the bench.


Cubs 3B Mike Olt feeling rejuvenated heading into 2015 season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Mike Olt is expected to be the Cubs' starting third baseman on Opening Day for a second straight year with the demotion of Kris Bryant to the minors. Even with the potential for Chicago to bring Bryant to the majors quickly, Olt is feeling confident heading into the 2015 season.

"It feels a lot different," Olt said of this season versus last year, per MLB.com. "I was able to go up there last year and learned a lot of things. I feel I'm back to the player who can really compete instead of the player who you hope is ready and you hope the swing is there. It's a lot different feeling, a lot less stressful."

Olt is having a decent spring at the plate, batting .279 with a .392 on-base percentage, .558 slugging percentage and .950 OPS in 19 games. It's a nice turnaround after batting .160 in 89 games in the majors last season.

"I had two crazy years and a lot of things happened to me," said Olt of some injury issues. "Now I feel it's in the past, and I have a new outlook on baseball and a new outlook on my career. I used to be one of those [top prospects like Bryant] -- and you forget about that. I feel myself becoming that guy again, and it makes baseball fun again."


Cubs' Olt on first spring HR: One of the best at-bats I've had in a while


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2015) Cubs third baseman Mike Olt clubbed a two-run homer off Athletics starting pitcher Barry Zito during Thursday's spring game. He connected on an 0-2 changeup.

“It’s one of the best at-bats I’ve had in a while,” Olt said, per MLB.com. 

Olt spent some time this offseason working on refining his swing.

“I feel like it’s night and day,” Olt said of his swing now compared to last season. “Last year, I said I felt my swing was there, but secretly I knew in my head I was swinging at pitches I wasn’t supposed to. I’m feeling like I’m tracking the ball a lot better this year and a lot of the changes we’ve made to my swing are the reason why.”


Maddon: Third base 'wide open' for Cubs


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2015) New Cubs manager Joe Maddon met with the media at spring training on Friday and admitted he had no idea who would be playing third base for the team. 

Maddon declared the battle for the hot corner wide open

The competition seems to boil down the three options. Mike Olt played 52 games at third for the Cubs last season. He hit .160 with 12 home runs and 33 RBI. He enters spring training as the likely favorite. 

Kris Bryant is the team's third baseman of the future. The second overall pick in the 2013 draft, shot through the farm system in a year and a half. He played 70 games at Triple-A Iowa last season, hitting .295 with 21 home runs and 52 RBI. He hasn't yet made his Major League debut. 

Arismendy Alcantara is also an option. The versatile rookie played 48 games in center and 25 at second base last season and has been praised as being capable of playing anywhere on the field. He hit .205 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI. 


Cubs 3B Mike Olt hoping adjustments pay off in 2015


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/10/2015) While Cubs fans might be expecting or hoping for top prospect Kris Bryant to win the starting job at third base this spring, Mike Olt still expects to be in the mix as well, per MLB.com.

"I'm just making sure I'm ready and making the adjustments I need and that I learned from last year," Olt said. "I took a lot out of last year. It took me a while to kind of get over a lot of negative things, but when I started focusing on the positive things I did and the things I can improve on, which were slightly easy adjustments, I think it'll help me."

Olt was the Cubs' opening-day starter at third base in 2014, but he struggled offensively and was even demoted to the minors for a stretch last season.

"I just lost confidence, and that's the most important thing about baseball is confidence," Olt said. "If you can get positive things out of the negatives, and build on that, you can get back on track, and that's what I'm trying to do."

Olt said he will try not to swing so hard at the plate in an effort to make him a more consistent offensive player.

"It's tough to say but when you swing hard, everything starts to fly open, and if I can be quick to the ball, I'll let the natural power take over," he said. "It's tough to tell yourself but when you can calm yourself down, you get in a good position."


Trade of Valbuena doesn't mean Cubs are rushing Bryant to the majors


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/19/2015) Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said Monday the trade of third baseman Luis Valbuena to Houston and third-base prospect Kris Bryant's roster situation are "totally independent" of each other.

Hoyer added Mike Olt, Tommy La Stella and Arismendy Alcantara could play at third base until Chicago feels Bryant is ready for the majors.

"We are not going to speed up that clock," Hoyer said, per ESPN.

Bryant, who was selected with the No. 2 pick in the 2013 MLB draft, has developed into one of the top prospects in baseball. He hit .325 with 43 home runs and 110 RBI in 138 games in the minors in 2014.


Mike Olt to learn corner outfield positions this offseason


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) The Cubs will talk with infielder Mike Olt about learning the corner outfield positions this offseason, ESPNChicago.com reports.

"He's always a threat against left-handed pitching, so he can be a guy that covers the four corners and mashes left-handed pitching," team president Theo Epstein said Friday. "That's a nice default for him if the opportunity to play every day doesn't materialize."

Olt has hit .263/.370/.368 in 38 at-bats since rejoining the Cubs in September.


Mike Olt touts new swing as he rejoins Cubs


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) What was expected is now official - the Cubs have recalled third base prospect Mike Olt from Class A Kane County.

Olt revealed that he has incorporated a new swing in which he uses the entire field, per MLB.com. The pull-happy Olt was not a success in his stint in the bigs earlier in the year. He compiled a disturbing stat line of .139/.222/.353 and was hitless in his last 14 at-bats with the Cubs before his demotion.


Mike Olt will return to Cubs in a few days


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Cubs infielder Mike Olt will rejoin the team soon, according to Daily Herald

Olt will play two games in the minors before he's activated by the Cubs. It was thought that a hamstring injury would prevent Olt from a return, but that's no longer the case. Olt was up earlier this season, hitting .139 over 187 at-bats.


Injury won't allow Mike Olt to return in September


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Cubs third baseman Mike Olt will not join the team for September roster expansion reports MLB.com, due to a hamstring injury that ended his season at Triple-A Iowa.

Olt has been sidelined since Aug. 19 and was not included with the team's callups in the first few days of the month. Olt hit .139/.222/.353 in 187 at-bats with the Cubs, but was hitting .302 in 106 at-bats prior to the injury at Triple-A. 


Mike Olt hits minor-league DL with hamstring strain


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Cubs minor-league infielder Mike Olt has been placed on the disabled list with a hamstring strain, MLB.com reports.

Olt hit .139/.222/.353 with 12 home runs and 30 RBI in 187 at-bats with the Cubs before being sent to the minors. He owns a .302/.348/.585 line with seven home runs and 24 RBI in 106 at-bats with Triple-A Iowa.


Mike Olt optioned to Triple-A Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Cubs infielder Mike Olt has been optioned to Triple-A Tuesday.

Olt has struggled this season, hitting just .139 over 187 at-bats. He's been able to provide some pop, hitting 12 home runs. Olt was optioned following Tuesday's game. He went 0 for 4, with three strikeouts. 


Cubs might demote Junior Lake or Mike Olt to Triple-A


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) In order to keep Arismendy Alcantara on the roster, the Cubs might be faced with a difficult decision to to demote outfielder Junior Lake or infielder Mike Olt, who are both struggling offensively, to Triple-A Iowa, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

"I don’t want to speculate on any of that," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Saturday. "They’ve been working hard. They stay positive, and they’ve been handling it extremely well. One of the things I try to talk to them about is not to focus so much on the results. I want them to focus on the at-bat."