Olt day-to-day after being plunked on wrist in 'scary spot'

Olt day-to-day after being plunked on wrist in 'scary spot'

DENVER -- Cubs third baseman Mike Olt says he should be able to sleep OK Saturday night after being hit by a pitch on his right wrist, which knocked him out of the game.

Olt hit his first home run of the season in the third, but was plunked by the Rockies' Adam Ottavino in the ninth, and fell to the ground in obvious pain. Manager Joe Maddon and athletic trainer Ed Halbur ran to Olt, who then walked off the field, holding his right arm still.

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X-rays taken at Coors Field were negative, which helped ease some of the nervousness for Olt.

"Yeah, I was relieved," Olt said. "It's a scary spot to get hit. There's not much meat around it. I'll be able to sleep tonight."

"We're going to approach it as if he's going to be sore [Sunday]," Maddon said. "I don't know if he can play [Sunday] but it does not appear to initially be a break."

Olt was scared when he was first hit.

"I wasn't in a good state," Olt said. "I couldn't feel anything. I think it was from the shock of getting hit. Once I was walking away, I was moving it around so I wasn't as nervous."

He's had to deal with injuries before, including getting hit in the head in a freak collision. But after the Cubs' 9-5 win, and the good news from the X-rays, Olt was able to sit in the clubhouse and smile.

"I'm in a much better state of mind than the freak accident," he said. "I got lucky that nothing worse happened."

Cubs fans eager to see Kris Bryant in the big leagues couldn't wait for the X-ray results before jumping on social media in anticipation that the top prospect would be promoted to take Olt's spot. Olt just shrugged.

"As I said before, he deserves all the hype he gets," Olt said of Bryant, who hit his first home run of the season Saturday for Triple-A Iowa. "He's one of the best in the Minor Leagues and one of the best I've ever seen."

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.