Olt set for first action in field this spring

Olt set for first action in field this spring

MESA, Ariz. -- Finally, Mike Olt will get on the field.

Olt has been limited to the designated-hitter role, as he nurses a tender right shoulder. He's scheduled to start at first base for the Cubs on Monday in a makeup "B" game against the Giants at Cubs Park.

While Olt has played more third than first, playing first should limit stress on his throwing shoulder. He says the soreness is normal for Spring Training.

"It's a little bit of a dead arm," Olt said. "I was working it too hard to get ready."

He much prefers playing than sitting.

"I'm not a huge fan of sitting on the bench and hitting," Olt said. "It'll be good to be back on the field and feel like you're part of the game."

The shoulder hasn't affected his hitting in batting practice or the games so far. Eventually, he'll get into a game at third. Olt, challenging for a spot on the Cubs' Major League roster, is eager to show he's ready.

"If I am healthy, I do know I belong in the big leagues," Olt said. "It's not a matter of thinking about making the big leagues, it's about going out there and doing my thing. Whatever happens, happens. When I do get the shot, I'll be ready."

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.