Cubs want Schierholtz to get comfortable

Cubs want Schierholtz to get comfortable

MESA, Ariz. -- This will be the first season in which Nate Schierholtz is projected as an everyday player, and Cubs manager Dale Sveum hopes the right fielder doesn't try to do too much.

Schierholtz, a free agent who signed a one-year contract with the Cubs last December, has not gotten more than 335 at-bats with a team in a single season and that was in 2011 with the Giants. He boasts a .270 career batting average.

"He's kind of working on a few different things than he has in the past," Sveum said of Schierholtz, who was batting .294 this spring entering Monday. "He's having an OK camp. That's probably what he'd tell you, too.

"His defense, his arm, the ability to hit left-handed, that's a guy who hopefully is very consistent but he'll probably be a little more on the streaky side," Sveum said. "He'll have to get used to seeing his name in the lineup every single day and not try to do too much to think maybe he's got to do a lot to stay in that because he's worked so hard."

Schierholtz had spent his entire career with the Giants until last season when he was dealt to the Phillies.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.