Mike Olt will try to reboot his game in Des Moines.
The Cubs optioned Olt to Triple-A Iowa after Tuesday’s 6-0 win over the San Diego Padres at Wrigley Field. The third baseman struggled through an 0-for-4 night, striking out three times, but this had been building after a strong showing in spring training that teased fans and the media.
Olt — who came over from the Texas Rangers in last summer’s Matt Garza deal — had been that organization’s minor league player of the year in 2012. But he couldn’t put it together during a weird all-or-nothing season.
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Olt was hitting .139 with 12 homers, 10 singles and 84 strikeouts in 187 at-bats.
The Cubs needed to make room for Tsuyoshi Wada, the 33-year-old Japanese lefty who will face the Padres on Wednesday night at Wrigley Field.