4/9 Lineup vs. Reds
Tyler Colvin was back in the Cubs’ lineup Friday vs. the Reds, starting in center field, and Xavier Nady was starting in right. Colvin, who made his first start of the year on Thursday in Atlanta and hit a home run, was batting second while Nady was fifth. The lineup is:
Lou Piniella said rotating the outfielders in and out isn’t easy. And it’s only the fourth game.
“Once we get a few of these guys at-bats, we’ll probably just play Nady against left-hand pitchers, as soon as we start playing left-handers, and then we can get Colvin in there from time to time,” Piniella said. “Look, it’s not the easiest thing in the world to do. We’re doing the best we can.
“Invariably what will happen is the guys who are doing the best are the guys who will get the bulk of the playing time,” Piniella said. “That’s the way it was when I played and that’s the way it is still. We’ll get everybody in there and get them some at-bats and go from there.”
This was Hill’s second straight start as well. Piniella said he planned on matching Geovany Soto with Carlos Zambrano on Saturday for the day game, and didn’t want Soto catching Friday night and then Saturday day.
— Carrie Muskat