According to multiple reports Friday, Mike Olt has been “slowed this spring because of tenderness in his right shoulder.” Olt has not played third yet but has gotten at bats as the team’s designated hitter and will again on Saturday, weather permitting.
Rick Renteria said Olt is “throwing fine and he’s been working at all of the positions getting himself ready.” Olt says that he is seeing the ball just fine and put together a long at bat in Thursday’s opener that ended with a called third strike on a very close pitch.
Patrick Mooney reported Olt is the “X-factor in a third base platoon that now involves Donnie Murphy and Luis Valbuena.”
Renteria said Olt is “coming along.” The Cubs plan on playing Mike Olt as much as they can at third base.
For the majority of two innings Friday, there was a glimpse of the Cubs future on the field at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Arismendy Alcantara, Jorge Soler, Albert Almora, Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters lined up on defense. And while the positions and the roles might change before the players make it to Wrigley Field, there were prospects manning every defensive position.
Albert Almora and Kris Bryant provided two of the highlights on offense. Bryant made two plays at third seamlessly with strong throws to first and Jorge Soler showed off his strong arm in right field. And Baez was solid at short. Plus, a slimmed down Dan Vogelbach even made an appearance in a pinch-hitting role.
Not all of the players are going to make it to the majors, that is a given. But for one afternoon at the end of a poorly played exhibition game, seeing all of those players on the field at the same time pointed to better days ahead for the big league club.
News, Notes and Rumors
Justin Klugh of Philly.com reported the Braves could supplement their rotation with Jeff Samardzija.
Reports continue to indicate Jake Arrieta is throwing off of flat ground and “is making progress.” Arrieta has yet to throw off a mound. As every day passes it is looking less and less likely that Arrieta will begin the season on the active roster.
Kris Bryant says he’s been blessed with power according to Comcast SportsNet.
According to a report from Comcast SportsNet, Darwin Barney knows he has something to prove.