FORT MYERS — To say goodbye to his mother, Beverly — and to hear her say goodbye back — made this year’s departure for spring training a special moment for Mike Olt.
A February signing by the Red Sox, the onetime top prospect who has played 135 games over portions of three injury-marred major league seasons reported to spring training at JetBlue Park last week hoping to make a comeback that doesn’t compare in difficulty to the one made by his mother the 12 months.
Last offseason, his mother suffered a brain aneurysm, the ballooning of a blood vessel in the brain that can be life-threatening.
“She had a very slim chance of making it for a long time,” said Olt, 28, a former UConn standout and first-round draft pick by the Texas Rangers in 2010. “It was a constant battle. It brought our family a lot closer. Everyone had to come together to stay strong.”
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