Expect Tyler Colvin to make his ML debut at first next week during the Cubs’ three-game series against the Nationals. Colvin took grounders at first on Friday for the second day. He hasn’t played first since his sophomore year of college at Clemson and been used strictly as an outfielder with the Cubs. But he’s being eased into the position following the departure of Derrek Lee.
“He’s got good hands and he likes it,” Lou Piniella said of Colvin, who leads all National League rookies with 18 home runs. “It’s just a question of the game speed. You can take all the pregame you want and the game will speed up for you. He’s done it before. It’ll give us a chance to play him over there from time to time.”
Piniella said Colvin, who was 8-for-50 in August and has not started since Aug. 14, can play some outfield still as well as first. Right now, there’s a need at first.
“We’ll make that transition for him as easy as we can,” Piniella said.
— Carrie Muskat