Rangers’ rookie Mike Olt has been dealing with the pain of plantar fasciitis in his right heel for nearly two weeks now, but according to ESPN Dallas, he’ll most likely be in the lineup Monday night when the Rangers open their series with the Tampa Bay Rays in Arlington.
Olt, who has not played since last Thursday, said recently that the heel began to bother him around mid-August, just around two weeks after being called up to the big club from Double-A.
"It was pretty bad at first, but it's been better the last couple of days," Olt said this weekend, per Richard Durrett ESPN Dallas. "I can play. We just tried to give it a little rest."
Olt has been treating the injury with stretching and icing, and doesn’t expect the injury to be so serious as to sideline him for any significant period of time. In 22 at-bats since his August 1 call-up, Olt is hitting .182 with 4 RBIs and 8 strikeouts. He’ll get another tough Major League test if he does play on Monday, as he faces Rays’ ace lefty David Price.