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Olt trying to find way out of hitting slump

Olt trying to find way out of hitting slump

CHICAGO -- Mike Olt is in a little bit of a hitting funk, and Cubs manager Rick Renteria said he will continue to try to find the best matchups for the rookie third baseman.

Olt entered Tuesday's game 2-for-23 in his last eight games. He was not starting against White Sox right-hander Hector Noesi. Olt is batting .200 (5-for-25) against left-handers and .140 (6-for-43) against right-handers.

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"We'll continue to try to match him up and give him some of the best possible situations he can have and gain some confidence and move forward," Renteria said.

Olt batted .276 in Spring Training, and has been used in a platoon at third with left-handed-hitting Luis Valbuena.

"He was outstanding in Spring Training," Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said. "I think if you asked him, he's had some good at-bats and some bad at-bats over the last few weeks. I think he's come along pretty well defensively. His throwing has gotten better as his shoulder has gotten stronger.

"Now, hopefully, it's a matter of stringing some hits together and getting on track offensively," Hoyer said. "I like what we see from him. Right now, he's playing through a slump."

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.

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