One good way to get a rise out of Cubs fans is for manager Rick Renteria to sit third baseman Mike Olt for more than a game.
The 25-year-old Olt was not in Tuesday night's starting lineup against the White Sox as the Cubs try to find favorable matchups for him. Olt entered Tuesday with a line of .162/.227/.553 with 4 homers. He was just 1-for-14 over the previous seven days.
Olt spent last year in the minor leagues with the Texas organization as he battled vision problems. He had a shoulder ailment this year in spring training, but so far, the Cubs say they plan nothing drastic with Olt, such as sending him to the minor leagues.
"We're still going to continue to monitor his time and try to see if we can continue to move him forward in some capacity," said manager Rick Renteria. "But as far as moving him or doing anything like that, it's not anything we're thinking about or talking about. Right now, we're going to continue to match up and give him some of the best possible situations he can have and see if he can continue to gain some confidence and continue to progressively move him forward."
General manager Jed Hoyer seemed to echo those thoughts.
"He was outstanding in spring training," Hoyer said. "I think he's had some good at-bats and some bad at-bats over the last few weeks. I think he's come along pretty well defensively. His throwing has gotten better as his shoulder has gotten stronger. Now it's a matter of stringing some hits together. Right now, he's probably in a little bit of a slump, and I think he'll get through it."
Veras, Vizcaino updates:
Rehabbing reliever Jose Veras tossed 1 inning Tuesday for Class AA Tennessee as he recovers from a left-oblique strain. Veras faced three Birmingham batters, striking out one. He threw 11 pitches, 7 strikes.
The Cubs have not set a timetable for his return. Veras went on the DL April 25.
Young reliever Arodys Vizcaino has been promoted from Class A Daytona to Tennessee. Vizcaino, 23, had not pitched since 2011 because of elbow problems that led to Tommy John surgery. He is on the 40-man major-league roster, but the Cubs won't rush him.
"I still think we'll move with some caution," Jed Hoyer said. "He's two years away from being on a mound. I still think we want to give him a lot of mound time before he gets up here with a third deck and pressure. We have some ability to do some teaching at the lower levels or mid-levels without that third deck and radar guns up there. It's definitely a step in the right direction for him, and I think he's earned it."
Makeup game announced:
The Cubs' rained-out game from April 28 in Cincinnati will be made up July 8 as part of a day-night doubleheader. The first game will begin at 12:10 p.m. with the regularly scheduled game beginning at 6:10 p.m.