Mike Olt 1B/3B CHC 8 Months

Cubs manager Rick Renteria indicated Tuesday that Mike Olt will be given more playing time at third base going forward.

Olt is hitting just .195 so far, but he belted his fourth home run Tuesday and is sporting a .512 slugging percentage. He's shared the position with Luis Valbuena so far, but it sounds like he'll be given a chance to run with the job. "We've talked about gradually getting him into that role," Renteria said. "Do I plan on playing him [Wednesday]? Yes. Everything's very calculated. So I'm going to throw him out there and let him run with it a little bit. We're still measuring everything; we're still trying to be kind of guarded, but he'll be in there tomorrow again."

Mike Olt 1B/3B CHC 8 Months

Mike Olt hit his fourth home run of the season on Tuesday, a three-run shot in a win over the Diamondbacks.

It was Olt's only hit in four at-bats. It's been mostly feast or famine for the 25-year-old thus far, as he's hitting just .195 but has a .512 slugging percentage. The three-run homer gave him nine RBI in 41 at-bats this season.

Mike Olt 1B/3B CHC 9 Months

Mike Olt went 2-for-5 with a home run and three runs batted in as the Cubs defeated the Pirates on Wednesday.

Olt hit a two-run blast off of Wandy Rodriguez in the fifth inning, then added an RBI single in the sixth. He entered the game with just one hit in four at-bats and has been sharing time at third base with Luis Valbuena. The Cubs hope Olt can get on a tear and take the everyday job at the hot corner at some point during the season.

Mike Olt 1B/3B CHC 9 Months

Mike Olt is not in the Cubs' lineup Friday.

Neither is Junior Lake, as Luis Valbuena is starting at third base and Ryan Sweeney is starting in left field versus the Phillies' Roberto Hernandez. Olt hit his first major league home run Thursday but has now been on the bench for two of the team's first four games.

Mike Olt 1B/3B CHC 9 Months

Mike Olt slugged his first career home run Thursday in the Cubs' victory over the Pirates.

It was a second-inning shot off Pittsburgh starting pitcher Wandy Rodriguez. Olt went hitless for the rest of the game and is batting just .143 so far this season, but the former Rangers prospect carries decent fantasy upside as the Cubs' regular third baseman.

Mike Olt 1B/3B CHC 9 Months

Mike Olt has earned an Opening Day roster spot.

Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer made the announcement on Thursday morning in camp. Olt earned his spot by posting a .929 OPS in 56 plate appearances this spring and should be Chicago's regular third baseman for the majority of the 2014 season. Top third base prospect Kris Bryant is on the way. Olt makes for a decent flier in deeper mixed fantasy leagues because of his past production in the Rangers' minor league system.

Mike Olt 1B/3B CHC 9 Months

Mike Olt (shoulder) will get his first Cactus League start at third base on Thursday.

Olt has been bothered all spring by fatigue in his right shoulder, but he's now making steady strides and will try to get as close as possible to 100 percent fitness by Opening Day. The former top Rangers prospect could take over starting third base duties in Chicago early this season. Luis Valbuena is all that stands in his way.

Mike Olt 1B/3B CHC 9 Months

Mike Olt (shoulder) will return to Cactus League action Wednesday.

Olt was scratched from Monday's lineup due to fatigue in right shoulder, an issue that's bothered him off and on this spring. He's feeling better now, though, and ready to give it a go.

Mike Olt 1B/3B CHC 9 Months

Mike Olt was scratched from Monday's lineup due to fatigue in right shoulder.

Olt has battled shoulder issues on and off all spring, but Cubs manager Rick Renteria isn't concerned. "We're looking to keep him healthy," the skipper said. Olt is expected to begin the season at Triple-A.

Mike Olt 1B/3B CHC 10 Months

Mike Olt hit two home runs in Wednesday night's Cactus League game against the Mariners.

Olt had been battling some shoulder soreness, but he broke out in a big way on Wednesday evening. "The last couple of days I've felt much better, just in batting practice, doing some extra work," he said after the game. "Made some serious strides." Olt, a former top prospect of the Rangers, could very easily take over starting third base duties this season in Chicago.