CINCINNATI -- Bryan LaHair started in right field for the Cubs on Tuesday, which means Tyler Colvin was on the bench. LaHair is batting .500; Colvin .153.
"It's a day-to-day thing as far as picking a spot," Cubs manager Mike Quade said about getting Colvin in the lineup. "I wish I had at least one extra at-bat, but it's tough for me to not take a serious look at LaHair right now."
Since he rejoined the Cubs in late July, Colvin is batting .198 (20-for-101). As much as Quade wants Colvin to get playing time, he also believes players have to earn a spot.
"I wish I could do justice in my mind to give him more than that," Quade said. "He got an opportunity right away, and I think he's been better. Different things take place, and sometimes you just can't say, 'Here, it's yours,' because I don't think you do justice to the other guys who have earned an opportunity to play some. I think he understands that.
"[Colvin] will be in the lineup the next couple weeks, but Bryan has made it a lot tougher decision for me, and good for him."