The Cubs announced after Tuesday’s game that Mike Olt was being sent down to Iowa to make room on the 25-man roster for LHP Tsuyoshi Wada. Mike Olt started Tuesday night and went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.
The Cubs had to make a roster move to clear a spot on the active roster for Tsuyoshi Wada. The plan for now is for Kyle Hendricks and Tsuyoshi Wada to be the fourth and fifth starters in the Cubs rotation.
Exactly one year after Mike Olt came to the Cubs organization in the trade for Matt Garza, Olt is on his way back to the minors. After his 0-for-4 performance Tuesday night, Olt’s line slipped to .139/.222/.353. Olt has only 31 hits in 187 at bats with more than half of his hits going for extra bases. Olt hit five doubles and launched 12 home runs in 71 games … and he struck out 84 times in 187 at bats.
Mike Olt has struggled mightily in limited playing time after not being able to grab the third base job when the season started. Olt has seen his playing time diminish significantly (21 games in April, 23 in May, 15 in June and 12 in July) and should benefit from regular at bats in Iowa. Plus, Olt will be able to work with Manny Ramirez again. Olt and Ramirez were teammates at Triple-A Round Rock last year before the trade and Olt has said Ramirez helped him a lot.
It is unclear which positions Mike Olt will be playing in Iowa. Kris Bryant is the I-Cubs everyday third baseman and the front office promoted Jorge Soler to Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday night. Olt should be able to play first base and the Cubs should expose him to left and right field while he is with the Iowa Cubs.