5/29 Hard to squeeze Colvin into mix

Rookie Tyler Colvin is batting .353 in his last 24 games. Wasn’t Lou Piniella tempted to put the outfielder in Saturday’s lineup?

“The kid’s playing,” Piniella said.

The problem is, the Cubs’ other outfielders are doing well. It’s hard to bump Alfonso Soriano (.307), Marlon Byrd (.299) or Kosuke Fukudome (.304).

“If [Colvin] continues to do these things, he’s forcing it,” Piniella said. “I have three veteran outfielders — actually four with [Xavier] Nady. Basically, they’re playing well also. It’s not like they’re struggling. I was looking at some of the numbers today.”

Colvin is 2-for-9 off the bench, and in his last 24 games, he has five doubles, a triple, four homers and 11 RBIs.

“He’s done a nice job off the bench and he’s helped us win a few games off the bench,” Piniella said of the young outfielder. “If he continues, we’ll get him in there more.”

— Carrie Muskat

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