Colvin Set to Get Regular Starts for Cubs
Cubs' manager Lou Piniella said late Saturday that he'd told Colvin that he'd be getting regular playing time. That was after Piniella had watched the Cubs' offense fizzle once again in a 2-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox.
Colvin, who made the team out of spring training, has had limited playing time this year as the Cubs have four other outfielders with more experience – Alfonso Soriano, Marlon Byrd, Xavier Nady and Kosuke Fukudome.
Of the four, only Soriano has more homers than Colvin's six, and the rookie has a .305 batting average.
"I told the young man today he'd be playing every day," Piniella told FanHouse Saturday.
The manager said the Cubs had played variations of Saturday's game -- chances to score but no big hits -- consistently. The move to Colvin is a chance to see if he'll generate offense that the others haven't.
It was the lack of playing time for Colvin that led White Sox broadcaster Steve Stone to criticize Piniella a few days ago. Piniella blasted Stone for his comments at the time, but he said Saturday he didn't particularly care what Stone would think now that Colvin is scheduled to be getting the playing time Stone advocated.