DENVER – Cubs third baseman Mike Olt appeared to avoid serious injury when he was hit on the right wrist by a pitch from hard-throwing Adam Ottavino in the ninth inning of the Cubs’ 9-5 win at Colorado.
Olt left the game. Initial X-ray results appeared to be negative, manager Joe Maddon said.
“We’re going to approach it as though he’s going to be sore [Sunday],” Maddon said. “I don’t know if he can play [Sunday], but it does not appear, initially, to be a break.”
Olt said he was “relieved.”
“It was a scary spot to hit because there’s not much meat around it,” he said. “I’ll be ready to go. We’ll just play it by hear. Just got to wake up in the morning, and if it’s good to go, I’ll be there.”
Olt hit his first homer of the season in the third to right field and just missed another in the seventh when he got under a pitch he drove deep to left.
Two innings later, his early season flashed before his eyes.
“I wasn’t in a good state,” he said of his initial reaction as he went to his knees after getting hit. “I couldn’t feel anything. I think it was just from the shock of getting hit. Once I was walking away, I was moving it around, so I wasn’t as nervous.
“I got lucky nothing worse happened.”