MIAMI -- Any plans for Tyler Colvin to play first base, a prospect that appeared imminent before Lou Piniella retired, have almost been put on hold for the present.
Cubs manager Mike Quade said he doesn't plan to try the young outfielder at first base against any potential playoff contenders. That would likely mean Colvin's only chance to try the position would be in the club's final three games against Houston.
"It would be almost on a whim," Quade said.
The manager sees no rush for Colvin's switch inasmuch as Xavier Nady is playing well at first base, and Micah Hoffpauir is doing well as his backup, in addition to the relatively rapid adjustment Colvin would have to make.
When Piniella announced the club's intention to prepare Colvin as a first baseman, Colvin initially practiced regularly in relearning the position he played in college. Now he does it mostly on the club's days off, he said Friday before the Cubs' game against the Marlins.
"There's no rush right now," he said.
Colvin said he could play first base in a Major League game right now if the Cubs wanted to try him there. But he added, "I still have some things I want to learn about positioning myself in different situations."
Quade said the Cubs want to make sure Colvin is comfortable at the position before he plays there.
"This could be a valuable thing for him some day," the manager said, emphasizing the last two words.