#Cubs notes: Hammel, Ross, Olt & more
* The Cubs got good news on Jason Hammel. An MRI did not reveal anything wrong, and the Cubs right-hander was expected to avoid going on the DL. He will likely be the fifth starter after the All-Star break. Hammel had to leave Wednesday’s start after throwing 12 pitches in the first inning because of pain in his hamstring.
“It’s the best case scenario,” Hammel said of the MRi results. “It was good pictures, nothing terrible. I hope not to miss any time. As of now, the outlook is good.”
* Even though Hammel is good to go, the scare of losing him may prompt the Cubs to be more active in their search for another starting pitcher prior to the Trade Deadline.
“We know that will be our focus at the deadline to try to add depth,” GM Jed Hoyer said Friday. “It makes you realize every team, every pitcher can go down at any time.”
* Catcher David Ross was eligible to come off the seven-day concussion disabled list on Friday but the Cubs will wait until after the All-Star break to give him more time.
* Zac Rosscup, on the disabled list with left shoulder inflammation, was throwing to hitters as part of his rehab. Javier Baez, sidelined with a broken finger, and Tommy La Stella, on the DL with a strained right oblique, were both doing some baseball activity. All three were rehabbing at the Cubs complex in Mesa, Ariz.
* Mike Olt (fractured right wrist) was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list, and optioned to Triple-A Iowa. To make room on the Cubs’ 40-man roster for Olt, pitcher Donn Roach was designated for assignment. Olt was the Cubs’ Opening Day third baseman but with Kris Bryant’s emergence, it’s hard to see a fit for him on the team. Expect Olt to play some outfield at Iowa.
“He’s still a really good player and he happens to have an All-Star in front of him right now,” Hoyer said of Olt. “You have to have depth with any team and I think [Olt] is a good right-handed power bat.”
— Carrie Muskat