Cubs option Mike Olt to Triple-A

Updated: July 23, 2014, 4:18 AM ET
By Jesse Rogers | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs optioned third baseman Mike Olt to Triple-A Iowa late Tuesday to make room on the roster for Wednesday night's starter, Tsuyoshi Wada.

Olt had been with the Cubs since making the team out of spring training, but he struggled at the plate and struck out 84 times this season, including three Tuesday night against the San Diego Padres before he was demoted. He was hitting .139 with 12 home runs and never made enough contact to warrant staying in the big leagues.

Wada will make his second career start. He gave up no earned runs over five innings earlier this month against the Cincinnati Reds.

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Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers the Chicago Cubs for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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