Olt is manning the corner infield spots and, as on Monday, playing some DH. He’s somewhat of a mentor to Rafael Devers, the Red Sox’ highly-touted third base prospect. Through 15 games entering Monday night’s action, Olt was hitting .214 with two homers and eight RBIs. But the numbers aren’t overly important right now. It’s about being healthy again and getting consistent at-bats. Everything else, he says, will fall into place.
“I missed pretty much all of last year,” he noted. “There are some things that are still rusty, but that’s part of the game. I love the challenge of trying to get back on track. Kind of a slow start right now, but that’s part of the game.”
Olt signed with the Red Sox in February after working out throughout the fall and winter at AP Academy in Palmer, Massachusetts, which is run by his former UConn teammate, Pete Fatse. He knew he almost certainly wouldn’t start the season in Boston, that it would likely be either Portland or Triple-A Pawtucket.
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