SURPRISE, AZ - MARCH 11: Mike Olt #70 of the Texas Rangers at bat against the Cleveland Indians during a spring training baseball game at Surprise Stadium on March 11, 2012 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mike Olt
When the Texas Rangers traded for starting pitcher Matt Garza a couple of weeks before the July 31 trade deadline, they did so knowing Garza would most likely be nothing more than a rental to push them into the postseason.
Well, that obviously means the trade with the Chicago Cubs was pretty much a failure.
But one of the Rangers' big prospects they gave the Cubs for Garza is seeing a recurrence of a mysterious vision problem that plagued him for much of the season when he was in the Rangers' farm system.
Olt took some drops that he said had fixed the problem just before the Rangers dealt him to Chicago, and the corner infield, power-hitting prospect hit just .213 with a .739 OPS in Triple-A Round Rock. Things only got worse for Olt in the Cubs' system at Triple-A Iowa, as he hit .168 with a .551 OPS in 152 plate appearances.
Olt told the Hartford Courant that he is now trying to fix the issues without the use of drops, which have some negative side effects including the possibility of glaucoma.