Cubs to keep Colvin in the outfield for now

Cubs to keep Colvin in the outfield for now

Cubs to keep Colvin in the outfield for now
ST. LOUIS -- Tyler Colvin most likely won't be playing first base, at least not now, Cubs manager Mike Quade said.

Colvin was recalled from Triple-A Iowa to take Kosuke Fukudome's spot on the roster and in right field, starting Friday against the Cardinals.

"We'll put him in the eight-hole and ask him to be patient with the pitcher behind him, and see if that helps a little bit," Quade said.

Colvin began the season with the big league team but was optioned to the Minor Leagues in mid-May after hitting .191. In 50 games with Iowa, he hit .256 with seven homers, 12 doubles, six triples and 32 RBIs.

"He had quite a few strikeouts in Triple-A, and he's going to strike out some and that's OK," Quade said. "It ain't easy to hit, but it's real tough when you're not making guys throw strikes.

"It'll be in Tyler's best interest to be as disciplined as he can be and as patient as he can be," said Quade, hoping Colvin can learn to improve his pitch recognition as well as determine which pitches he can do damage with.

Colvin played first base in Spring Training but stuck to the outfield with Iowa. Is the infield experiment over?

"Not necessarily," Quade said. "When we sent him out [to Iowa], we were concerned with the bat and let him play the outfield and let him work on his bat.

"It's over for the moment," he said. "I'd like him to relax and play the outfield now and concentrate on swinging the bat."