The Cubs placed Mike Olt on the 15-day disabled list prior to Friday’s game with a hairline fracture in his right wrist. Olt was hit on his wrist last Saturday night at Coors Field by Rockies’ reliever Adam Ottavino.
It was reported Friday Olt would be in a cast for three weeks before he could begin baseball activities.
Mike Olt met with the media Saturday morning to discuss his injury. Olt said that he would be in a cast for four-six weeks according to Mark Grote, but Sarah Trotto reported Olt said hopefully the cast would be removed in three-four weeks. Barring any setbacks, Olt said he would begin rehab after the cast is removed.
The cast on Olt’s right wrist extends from his hand to over the elbow. According to the report from Sarah Trotto, the long cast prevents Olt from twisting his arm.
After a good Spring Training in which he kept his spot on the roster, Mike Olt was 2-for-16 in six games with one home run, no walks and six strikeouts. Olt continued to struggle with making contact. Last season, Olt struck out 100 times in 89 games (258 plate appearances).
Prior to breaking his wrist while he was struggling at the plate, Olt was very good in the field. Olt was not able to grab the starting job at third base. Once he can start a minor league rehab assignment, Olt should see time in the outfield as well as third and first base.
Theo Epstein mentioned last season that if Olt was not able to grab a starting job that it didn’t mean he could not be a valuable asset to the team moving forward. Olt has rare power and the work ethic that could make a very good role player on a winning team.
The Cubs believe Olt can provide at least average defense in left and right field. Plus, he’s better than average at third base and is more than capable at first base as well.
This is another obvious setback for Mike Olt just when he appeared to be getting the mental side of the game under control. Olt spent a majority of the off-season at the Cubs’ facility preparing for the season. Olt also did a very good job handling the Kris Bryant questions with the media throughout Spring Training.