3/29 Welcome aboard, Tyler

Lou Piniella told Tyler Colvin on Monday morning that the outfielder had made the Opening Day roster.

“There was never really a doubt for awhile,” Piniella said. “He played himself onto the roster and had a great spring.”

Colvin had not gotten any word when he met earlier Monday with reporters. Piniella told the media on Sunday that Colvin was in and Colvin got several text messages after that game from friends.

“I guess we’ll find out soon enough,” Colvin said.

“We’re going to get some playing time for Colvin,” Piniella said. “It’ll be good for all of our outfielders to get a day off occasionally so they can stay strong and are less prone to injury. We’ll figure out something over the next few days.”

Colvin understands his role is to play two or three days a week and give the regulars a breather.

“That’s all I can ask for right now,” Colvin said. “We have four great outifelders here who have proven themselves in the Major Leagues and hopefully, when I get in there, I can contribute in some way.”

He doesn’t see the big contracts to Marlon Byrd, Kosuke Fukudome and Alfonso Soriano as being in his way.

“The Cubs are trying to win, obviously,” Colvin said. “They’re trying to get the best guys in here to do the job. We have four great guys here. … Hopefully, I can do some good things, too.”

What will help Colvin get over some of the jitters is that he played with the big league team last September when called up.

“I got to get comfortable with the big crowds and that’s the biggest thing,” Colvin said. “You see all these players on TV play and you think ‘Man, I could be there someday.’ You get there and you realize it’s still baseball, it’s just a little higher level and that’s the thing you have to adjust to and obviously, the crowds, that’s something you have to control yourself and not try to be somebody you’re not.”

— Carrie Muskat

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