Work with Pettis earns Olt a start in right field

Work with Pettis earns Olt a start in right field

NEW YORK -- With Nelson Cruz getting the day off, Mike Olt got his first start in right field on Thursday against the Yankees. It was Olt's sixth start since being recalled from Double-A Frisco on Aug. 2. He has started four games at first base and one at third, which was his primary position in the Minor Leagues.

Olt started three games in right field while with Frisco and has been working with outfield coach Gary Pettis since joining the Rangers. The two had a morning session on Thursday to get used to the sun, which can be a problem in right field at Yankee Stadium during day games.

"I'm ready," Olt said. "I felt really comfortable in Frisco. I just have to stay under control. It's a different environment, but I just have to stay under control out there."

Mitch Moreland, who started at first base on Thursday, has started 32 games in right field over the past three years. But he just got off the disabled list, missing time with a strained left hamstring, and he's still dealing with a bruised big toe on his right foot.

"If I can keep Moreland out of the outfield, that's what I want to do," Washington said. "Gary has been working with Olt since he came up and said he can get the job done. The kid has a little speed and can catch fly balls."

Craig Gentry was also in the outfield on Thursday, with Josh Hamilton being used as the designated hitter. It was only Gentry's second start since July 30.