Struggling Colvin to get a chance to rebound

Struggling Colvin to get a chance to rebound

ATLANTA -- Manager Mike Quade said on Friday that he plans to put Tyler Colvin in the lineup beginning Saturday, and that the struggling outfielder could get a chance to play over the course of the next several days.

"We're looking to put him in the right spots," Quade said. "We've got a wonderful stretch coming up, with five right-handers we're going to see. That's the way I wanted to get him started up here, really, get him most of his at-bats against right-handers.

"He'll have a better chance to succeed and get himself going again."

After facing Braves lefty Mike Minor on Friday, the Cubs will deal with five consecutive righties, against whom Colvin has seen most of his success this season. He's hitting .137 off right-handers, with four homers and 10 RBIs, compared with the .071 average and one RBI he's recorded off southpaws.

The Cubs wanted to get Colvin more playing time when they traded Kosuke Fukudome to the Indians, but that hasn't happened, thanks in part to the red-hot bat of Reed Johnson.

Johnson, who is hitting .349 with 25 RBIs, has seven hits in his last two games and tied a career high with four hits on Wednesday against the Nationals.

"I do have guys that have been playing pretty well," Quade said. "Reed's not been doing too bad. [All the right-handers coming up] gives me an opportunity to get them in a situation where they can succeed."

That said, Quade has no intentions of altering his plans based on the outcome of Friday's game.

"Reed could go 4-for-4 with four homers [on Friday] and he's going to get tomorrow off. He understands that, too," he said. "We're going to continue to put Tyler in really good situations, to give him a chance to be the guy that we think he can be."