9/11 Keeping everybody happy
One of the things that was tough for Cubs manager Lou Piniella to do was keep his four outfielders happy in terms of playing time. Mike Quade says it has been a challenge.
“It’s difficult for me,” Quade said about getting enough at-bats for Kosuke Fukudome, Marlon Byrd, Alfonso Soriano and Tyler Colvin. “I don’t lose sleep over much but it usually involves personnel decisions. Everybody’s playing well.”
On Saturday, Fukudome got a rare start against a lefty in Milwaukee’s Randy Wolf. Expect Colvin back in the lineup Sunday.
“It’s a great problem to have,” Quade said, “and you respect the fact they all want to play every day and it makes it difficult when a guy gets a day or two more than he wants off. We’ll continue to keep rotating them.”
What about the callups such as Brad Snyder and Sam Fuld? Could they get spot start in the outfield?
“My sense is as we get through St. Louis [Monday through Wednesday], and we’ll look to get some people [a start],” he said. “It’d be a lot easier if I had a banged up outfield. … I stay focused on the guys who deserve to play every day.”
– Carrie Muskat