The Texas Rangers’ Mike Olt will join the Tigres del Licey of the Dominican winter league this week, after spending the end of the Rangers’ season limited with a nagging case of plantar fasciitis, a foot injury that causes a good deal of pain in the heel.
A month ago, Olt suggested that he would head to the Dominican after the Rangers’ season, and the first baseman/third baseman/outfielder confirmed it on Monday, via the social medium Twitter: “Lots of running around to do today before the Dominican tomorrow but excited to get back on the field,” Olt said, via the Dallas Morning News.
Olt will primarily play third base while in the Dominican Republic. He played third and first for the Rangers after being called up at the beginning of August, and appeared in 16 games with the big club. While there, Olt’s numbers were less than impressive; he finished the year hitting .152 with no home runs, five RBIs and a .250 on-base percentage. He was not added to the Rangers’ playoff roster.
Olt is expected to be joined in Licey by his longtime teammate, Jurickson Profar.