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Olt to play first once healthy

9/2/2014

CHICAGO – Chicago Cubs infielder Mike Olt will return to the team in the coming days while he rehabs a hamstring injury, team president Theo Epstein said on Tuesday. Olt will be part of the group of players called up from the minors when rosters expanded Monday.

"There will be a slot at first base, [and we'll] get him some at-bats while [Anthony] Rizzo is out," Epstein said.

It will be Olt's second stint with the team after he struggled earlier this season in his first time around. After earning a job in spring training, he hit just .139 with 12 home runs in 189 at-bats for the Cubs. As the season went on, his power became more sporadic, while his strikeout total rose. He struck out 84 times before being demoted in late July.

Olt hit well for Triple-A Iowa while playing first base and produced a .302 batting average with seven home runs in 28 games. Rizzo's being out with a back injury should give Olt plenty of playing time in the final month of the season -- good news, given that his future with the team is murky. He hasn't played since mid-August due to the hamstring strain.