CHICAGO - The Chicago Cubs today recalled infielder Mike Olt from his rehab assignment in Single-A Kane County. Olt will be available for the club this afternoon when it begins its series against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field.
Olt, 26, was a member of Chicago's Opening Day roster and batted .139 (26-for-187) with four doubles, 12 home runs and 30 RBI in 72 games before being optioned to Triple-A Iowa on July 22. Despite spending the last six weeks in the minor leagues, Olt continues to be tied for the National League lead among rookies in home runs and is tied for sixth in RBI. Olt batted .302 (32-for-106) with nine doubles, seven homers and 24 RBI in 28 games before suffering a hamstring strain. He rehabbed the last two days with Kane County, hitting a home run in each game.
The right-handed batter and thrower was acquired by the Cubs last summer from Texas as part of the trade that sent pitcher Matt Garza to the Rangers. Olt was originally selected by the Rangers with the 49th overall pick of the 2010 Draft (supplemental round) and was their 2012 Minor League Player of the Year.