Cubs thriving under hitting coach Rowson

Cubs thriving under hitting coach Rowson

NEW YORK -- James Rowson, who took over for Rudy Jaramillo as the Cubs' interim hitting coach June 12, will get serious consideration for the job next season, manager Dale Sveum said Saturday.

"He does great work," Sveum said of Rowson, who was the Cubs' Minor League hitting coordinator before the switch. "He's done a great job since he's been here. It's a different message and just a fresh new voice really. He has different ideas.

"The unfortunate thing about hitting is when you come in like that to voice your opinion, it just doesn't happen overnight," said Sveum, who was the Brewers' hitting coach for three seasons before taking the Cubs job. "It's a difficult job and process for guys to change their thinking. It might be mechanical, it might be a whole overhaul sometimes."

Rowson doesn't need to worry about Tim Buss taking his job even if the Cubs' strength and conditioning coach gave outfielder Reed Johnson some tips. Johnson had four hits on Friday and said after the game that Buss suggested he move closer to the plate.

"I told [Buss] to make sure he spends a lot of time in the cage today," Sveum said.