Olt starts swinging again

ARLINGTON -- Rangers infielder Mike Olt has started taking batting practice again after showing significant improvement with the plantar fasciitis in his right heel. Olt has not played since Sept. 12 and has been in just three games this month while dealing with the inflammation.

"It's getting a lot better," Olt said. "I'm going to start swinging today. It's all up to what I can take as far as pain. I'll see what happens."

The Rangers have 10 games left in the season and then a couple of extra days after that to set their playoff roster. That gives Olt less than two weeks to get ready, but he is still under consideration for a spot on the roster. The last spot on the bench could come down to Olt, Leonys Martin and Brandon Snyder.

"The last four or five days it's really turned the corner," Olt said. "Hopefully this week we'll turn another corner."