Cubs: Mike Olt moves across town to the White Sox


Cubs: Mike Olt moves across town to the White Sox

Mike Olt is switching organizations, but he doesn't need to find a new place to live in Chicago.

The former Cubs third baseman was claimed off waivers by the White Sox Saturday.

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The Cubs designated Olt for assignment Monday to clear room on the 40-man roster for new acqusitions like outfielders Austin Jackson and Quintin Berry and pitcher Trevor Cahill.

Olt was actually in the Cubs' Opening Day lineup against the St. Louis Cardinals on April 5, but only played in six games before landing on the 60-day disabled list in mid-April with a wrist injury.

He hasn't been back up to the big leagues since coming off the DL and finished his Cubs career with a .158 average and .599 OPS in 95 games, hitting 13 homers across his 240 at-bats.

Olt has had a solid season with Triple-A Iowa, where he's hit .273 with an .823 OPS and nine homers in 62 games.

The Cubs acquired Olt - who just turned 27 - from the Texas Rangers back in July 2013 in the Matt Garza trade.

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Olt has struggled to live up to his top-prospect status with the Rangers, where he earned minor league player of the year honors in 2012.

Olt could actually see some time with the White Sox, who have been searching for a consistent presence at third base all season.

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 12th + 13th homers in 1998


Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 12th + 13th homers in 1998

It's the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Sammy, when Sosa and Mark McGwire went toe-to-toe in one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history chasing after Roger Maris' home run record. All year, we're going to go homer-by-homer on Sosa's 66 longballs, with highlights and info about each. Enjoy.

An off-day did nothing to slow down the 1998 National League MVP as Sosa collected his second straight 2-homer game May 27 of that season.

He went deep in the eighth and ninth innings of a Cubs' 10-5 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies at Wrigley Field, driving in 3 runs. 

The first homer - off Darrin Winston - was an absolute blast, traveling an estimated 460 feet. The second shot was tame in comparison with only 400 feet as a recorded distance.

In a matter of two games, Sosa raised his season OPS from .930 to .988 and his slugging percentage from .521 to .577 thanks to a pair of 2-homer contests.

Fun fact: Doug Glanville - former Cubs outfielder and current NBC Sports Chicago analyst - was the Phillies leadoff hitter that day in 1998, collecting three hits and scoring a pair of runs.

Yu Darvish back on the DL for Cubs with triceps tendinitis


Yu Darvish back on the DL for Cubs with triceps tendinitis

Yu Darvish now has more trips to the disabled list in a Cubs uniform than wins.

The Cubs place their 31-year-old right-handed pitcher on the DL Saturday evening with right triceps tendinitis. The move is retroactive to May 23, so he may only have to miss one turn through the rotation.

In a corresponding move, Randy Rosario was recalled from Triple-A Iowa to provide Joe Maddon with another arm in the bullpen. Tyler Chatwood will start Sunday in Darvish's place.

Thanks to two off-days on the schedule last week, the Cubs should be fine with their rotation for a little while. Jon Lester could go on regular rest Monday, but the Cubs would need to make a decision for Tuesday given Kyle Hendricks just threw Friday afternoon.

That decision could mean Mike Montgomery moving from the bullpen to the rotation for a spot start, or it could be the promotion of top prospect Adbert Alzolay from Triple-A Iowa.

Either way, this is more bad news for Darvish, who has had a rough go of it since he signed a six-year, $126 million deal with the Cubs in February.

Between issues with the weather, the concern of arm cramps in his debut in Miami, leg cramps in Atlanta, a trip to the disabled list for the flu, trouble making it out of the fifth inning and now triceps tendinitis, it's been a forgettable two months for Darvish.

He is 1-3 with a 4.95 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 49 strikeouts in 40 innings with the Cubs.

Over the course of 139 career starts, Darvish is 57-45 with a 3.49 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and has averaged 11 strikeouts per nine innings.