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August 02, 2012

Mike Olt to join Rangers from Double A

The Rangers announced after thrilling 11-10 victory in 10 innings Wednesday night that they have purchased the contract of Double A third baseman Mike Olt.

He will take the roster spot of infielder Brandon Snyder, on the roster since Opening Day, and the 40-man spot of Colby Lewis, who was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

Olt, who was in big-league spring training, hit his 28th homer of the season Wednesday for Frisco and will leave behind a .288 average and 82 RBIs. He also struck out 101 times.

The Rangers, though, consider him a better option than Snyder as they try to fortify their bench for the stretch run.

"We've been looking to strengthen the bench and basically put our best club out there," general manager Jon Daniels said. "With the trade deadline passed, we wanted to get past that. Obviously, there weren't any additional trades, so we wanted to give Mike a chance."

The Rangers didn't say what role he would fill, though they believe he could play first base and right field in addition to giving third baseman Adrian Beltre a rest.

The development staff signed off on Olt even though he has had stretches where he had too many swings and misses. Daniels said that Olt has made an adjustment recently to iron out those rough patches, but strikeouts are part of a power hitter's package.

"He's never going to be a slap-hitter," Daniels said. "That's not his game, but like a lot of guys with power, strikeouts are going to be part of his game. He's going to continue to make adjustments and learn. Understanding that, we felt he was someone who could help the club."

-- Jeff Wilson

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