Olt comes off DL, what's next for third baseman?
Mike Olt is off the disabled list. Now the question becomes what to do with the third baseman.
The Cubs activated Olt from the 60-day disabled list Friday and optioned him to Class AAA Iowa. Olt had been out since April 15 with a hairline fracture of his right wrist.
To make room for Olt on the 40-man roster, the Cubs designated pitcher Donn Roach for assignment.
Olt began the season as the starting third baseman. After he got hurt, the Cubs brought up Kris Bryant, who now is the third baseman of the present and the future.
"I think Mike still has a bright future here," said general manager Jed Hoyer. "Obviously, we have Kris as our third baseman right now and hopefully for a long time. He (Olt) is a good right-power bat. We may at some point move him around a little bit to get exposure at different places. He played some first. Maybe put him in the outfield at some point to expose him at different places.
"He's still a really good player. He happens to have an all-star in front of him right now. We need a lot of guys on the 40 to get through the season."
The Cubs said they received good news on pitcher Jason Hammel's MRI. Hammel left Wednesday night's start after 1 inning because of left-hamstring tightness and soreness behind his knee.
With the all-star break coming up, it's possible the Cubs won't use Hammel until the fifth spot in the rotation comes up. Hammel seemed relieved.
"Best-case scenario," he said. "Good pictures. Nothing terrible. There's improvement from yesterday."
Not yet for Ross:
Backup catcher David Ross is eligible to come off the 7-day concussion disabled list, but the Cubs may wait until after the all-star break to activate him. Taylor Teagarden started Friday, and Miguel Montero is likely to start the final two games of the series against the White Sox.
"I cleared all that stuff," he said of the concussion tests. "The headache's been gone for four days now."
More injury updates:
Injured players Zac Rosscup, Javier Baez and Tommy La Stella continue to work out in Arizona, but there are no timetables for any to return to action.
Reliever Rosscup appears to be the most advanced of the three. He is out with left-shoulder inflammation. Baez broke his finger while at Class AAA Iowa. La Stella has been out since early April with a rib-cage injury.