Results tagged ‘ Tyler Colvin ’

8/7 Colvin, Campy & Byrd

Tyler Colvin may play first base sometime this season after all. Colvin has been taking grounders there and Mike Quade said he may insert him into the lineup there before the season ends. Colvin played first base in college but has been used primarily as an outfielder with the Cubs. He did workout at first in Spring Training. Right now, Jeff Baker is the primary backup at first for Carlos Pena.

* Tony Campana, who notched his first big league home run Friday with an inside the park dash, started in left field on Sunday to give Alfonso Soriano a breather.

“I’ll pick my spots for him,” Quade said of Campana, who was 2-for-3 against Arroyo earlier this season. Soriano is 8-for-42 with one home run off the Reds’ starter.

* The Cubs have been waiting for a hot streak like the one they had entering Sunday’s game. The seven-game steak heading into Sunday’s game was the longest since a seven-game stretch Aug. 23-29, 2008. Does the Cubs don’t need to make many roster changes next year?

“It’s way too early for me to concern myself [with that] — and I dodge that

all the time,” Quade said.

“There’s plenty of reason to be excited but you still want to put together more than a seven-game streak,” he said. “You want five or six months of good baseball. I couldn’t be happier with what I’m seeing now and how guys are playing.”

* The Cubs totaled 11 runs on Saturday against the Reds, pounding 13 hits, and delivered in the clutch, going 5-for-16. But Marlon Byrd had a tough day. He was 0-for-5 and ended four innings, stranding seven in the game. For the season, he’s batting .207 with runners in scoring position and .200 with RISP with two outs. He has 20 RBIs in 74 games.

“That’s something he’s working like heck to improve on,” Quade said. “He’s getting his hits. People picked him up [Saturday]. He got a couple huge RBIs in Pittsburgh in those same situations. It hasn’t been what he’d like but nobody is working harder to contribute in those situations. Yesterday was a tough day and it surprised me because he’s really had great at-bats against [Johnny] Cueto, but guys make adjustments.

“No one gets it done all the time and he’s working to get better.”

— Carrie Muskat

8/6 About last night …

Some notes from Friday’s 4-3 win over the Reds:

* Starlin Castro has scored a run in a career-high seven straight games. It’s the longest streak by a Cubs player since Ryan Theriot also scored in seven straight Aug. 9-16, 2010. The last to score in eight or more consecutive games was Derrek Lee, who did so in nine straight Sept. 7-16, 2009.

* Castro now has 42 multi-hit games, the most by a Cubs shortstop since Theriot had 51 in 2009. The single-season high for a Cubs shortstop is 58, set by Theriot in 2008.

* Tyler Colvin ended an 0-for-19 skid at Wrigley Field with his home run on Friday. Eleven of his 24 career homers have come at Wrigley. All four of his career hits against the Reds’ Mike Leake have been home runs.

* Aramis Ramirez recorded his 248th double as a Cub, and is seven shy of passing Wildfire Schulte for 14th on the franchise all-time list. Ramirez is hitting .373 with 15 runs, seven doubles, nine homers and 19 RBIs in his last 20 games.

* The Cubs have hit 12 homers in their last four games, the most since also hitting a dozen Sept. 19-23, 2007.

* The Cubs have opened August 5-0 for the first time since they went 6-0 in August 1969.

— Carrie Muskat

7/31 Trade deadline update

The Cubs may not have made a deal by the 3 p.m. CT Trade Deadline, but they can still make a trade in August. Expect some action then.

“To make a trade today to say we made one and get somebody who we don’t think is the caliber that I’d expect in return, I have no problem not moving the people we didn’t move,” GM Jim Hendry said Sunday.

The Cubs did deal Kosuke Fukudome to the Indians for two Minor Leaguers on Thursday. The move was to make room for Tyler Colvin; the Cubs want to find out if he’s an everyday big league outfielder.

It may be hard for fans to stomach any inactivity. They see a team that’s 23 games out in the National League Central. Hendry knows that.

“Everybody says ‘Oh, you didn’t do something by 3 o’clock today — this is a disaster, that’s a disaster’ — I don’t put much stock into that,” Hendry said. “The guys we kept are for the most part guys who still have a chance to be involved next year.

“If we do make a trade or two in August,” he said, “it’s no more or less significant than if we made one today.”

— Carrie Muskat

7/30 Rebuild? Retool? Reboot?

Are the Cubs in rebuilding mode? Yes and no.

“There are certain people who won’t be back and there are a whole lot of people we should be happy with — young players, two kids in the middle,” GM Jim Hendry said Friday. “We’re hoping [Tyler] Colvin gets back to where he was. Marlon [Byrd’s] been a fine player here and he has another year on his contract.

“You have a bullpen of a lot of guys coming back who are very good,” he said. “Everybody should be encouraged by the year Jeff Samardzija has had and where he’s going and the year James Russell has had since moving back into the bullpen. Sean Marshall will be here, [Carlos] Marmol will be here.

“You always need some kind of rebuilding when you’re in fifth place but you certainly don’t look at it like, ‘Oh, we’re not going to compete.’ When somebody says, ‘Blow the place up and start over and do it right,’ well, OK, does that mean we should get rid of the people who are really young and real good? I’ve said this a hundred times, wasn’t Pittsburgh 20 games under a year ago, and Cleveland? All you need is for your young people to get better and make the right moves, and why couldn’t we be right back in it?”

The Cubs did fall to 22 games under .500 after Friday’s 9-2 loss to the Cardinals.

“We’re having a bad year, and there’s no way around it, no excuses for it,” Hendry said. “Nobody picked us to be in the first three this year but we felt by now, we’d be at .500. [If we were .500] a week ago, it would’ve got you two or three back. We didn’t do our part. Excuses or no excuses, injuries or not injuries, we haven’t played to the level we should have.”

At the start of this road trip vs. NL Central teams, Mike Quade said he felt the Cubs still had a chance to get back in the race.

“I respect his optimism,” Hendry said. “There are a lot of teams above you. You don’t want Mike hanging his head and saying, ‘We can’t do something, we can’t do this.’ I’m sure in his heart he believes we can have a good couple months like he had last year at the end and hopefully we will. You’ve got a lot of people in front of you [in the standings] and you’re a lot of games behind. I wouldn’t want him to say, ‘Hey, we’re all done and let’s get the guys ready for next year.'”

— Carrie Muskat

7/29 Extra bases

With Kosuke Fukudome gone after being traded to the Indians, Starlin Castro took over the leadoff spot for the Cubs on Friday. It was Castro then Darwin Barney batting 1-2 to open the series against the Cardinals. It’s not a new role for Castro, who has a .369 average in 19 games as the leadoff man.

“We’ll start with those two kids and it will be an evolving thing and maybe not,” Quade said.

* Tyler Colvin most likely won’t be playing first base, at least not now. He played first in Spring Training but stuck to the outfield at Triple-A Iowa. Is the infield experiment over?

“Not necessarily,” Quade said. “When we sent him out [to Iowa] we were concerned with the bat and let him play the outfield and let him work on his bat. [The experiment] is over for the moment.”

* Andrew Cashner, on the DL with a strained right rotator cuff, will throw off the mound on Saturday in Mesa, Ariz. After that, he was expected to join the team in Pittsburgh this week. He’s been on the DL since the day after his first start of the season April 5, has been rehabbing at the Cubs’ facility in Arizona most of the season. There is no timetable for his return.

— Carrie Muskat

7/29 Cubs lineup

Starlin Castro takes over the leadoff spot on Friday for the Cubs, who open a three-game series against the Cardinals. Castro has hit .369 in the No. 1 spot this season so far. Darwin Barney also was moved up from eighth to No. 2. Barney has batted .290 with a .318 OBP in the second spot, and .314 with a .351 OBP in the eighth hole. Tyler Colvin also is starting in right as the Cubs move on without Kosuke Fukudome. Here’s the lineup:

SS Castro

2B Barney

3B Ramirez

1B Pena

CF Byrd

C Soto

LF Soriano

RF Colvin

P Garza

— Carrie Muskat

7/19 Minor League report

Welington Castillo hit his 12th homer and Tyler Colvin hit a triple and drove in a run but it wasn’t enough as Iowa lost to Nashville, 5-3, in 10 innings on Monday night. Alberto Cabrera gave up two runs on five hits and struck out six over six innings. Colvin, DJ LeMahieu, Ryan Flaherty and Scott Moore each had two hits.

Tennessee beat Mississippi 2-1 in 10 innings in the completion of Sunday’s suspended game. Ty Wright had four hits. In the regularly scheduled game, Austin Bibens-Dirkx gave up four runs on six hits over four innings and took the loss, 4-1.

Justin Bour hit his 19th homer and Michael Burgess hit his 12th as Daytona lost 10-5 to Bradenton. Greg Rohan had four hits in his first game with Daytona, and Matt Szczur posted his fourth straight multi-hit game.

Richard Jones had three hits and Matt Loosen threw five scoreless innings but Peoria lost, 5-3, in 10 innings to Fort Wayne. Jones had two RBIs and now has a 13-game hitting streak.

Zeke DeVoss, the Cubs’ third-round pick in June, stole five bases in his first game with Boise in an 8-7 loss to Spokane. The Hawks gave up five runs in the ninth.

Gioskar Amaya and Eduardo Gonzalez each had two hits in Mesa’s 4-3 win over the Dodgers.

— Carrie Muskat

6/29 Byrd, Cashner & Colvin

Some news and notes pregame Wednesday:

* Marlon Byrd could be activated before Sunday. He’s rehabbing with Triple-A Iowa.

* Andrew Cashner, on the DL with a strained rotator cuff, will be examined by the team doctor in Chicago. Said GM Jim Hendry: “We’ll take our time with him.”

Added Hendry on Cashner: “I’m quite confident he’ll be back pitching this year. We’ll do what’s best for his career and future.”

* Tyler Colvin is making progress at Triple-A Iowa. Said Hendry: “He’s doing fine. He’s swinging the bat a lot better. We just want to make sure he’s back to where he was last year before he got hurt. He’ll be a big part of our future.”

— Carrie Muskat

6/7 Extra bases

Tyler Colvin is 0-for-31 in his last 14 games and has not had a hit in the big leagues since he singled in the seventh inning on April 28 in Arizona.  He’s not panicked. He isn’t changing his stance or grip. The problem isn’t physical.

“It’s one of those things where I don’t have to hit the ball 800 feet and that’s what was in my head early in the year,” Colvin said Tuesday. “I had 20 homers [last year] and I was thinking I’m going to get them all in the first month and you’re not.

“Last year, I hit line drives and sometimes they went out,” he said. “It took me awhile to see that and now I’m hitting balls hard and I can’t find a hole. They’ll start falling. I’m not worried about it.”

* Kosuke Fukudome’s .417 on-base percentage is keeping him in the leadoff spot although Mike Quade said he considered inserting Tony Campana on Tuesday to try and get the offense going. The catch is that if Fukudome is dropped, he’ll be expected to drive in runs and that, Quade says, has not been his forte.

* Marlon Byrd hopes to be taking batting practice on the field Sunday or Monday. Byrd is recovering from multiple facial fractures suffered when he was hit by a pitch on May 21 in Boston.

— Carrie Muskat

6/7 Cubs lineup

Expect lots of Springboro, Ohio, fans in the stands at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday. Tony Campana is starting in center field for the Cubs in Game 2 of their series against the Reds. Tyler Colvin is getting the day off. He’s scuffling, 0-for-31 in his last 14 games. Here’s the lineup vs. Edinson Volquez:

RF Fukudome

2B Barney

SS Castro

1B Pena

3B Ramirez

LF DeWitt

CF Campana

C Soto

P Davis

— Carrie Muskat