Colvin staying in outfield for time being
Quade tweaks lineup order in first game as interim manager
WASHINGTON -- Cubs interim manager Mike Quade has decided to leave rookie Tyler Colvin in the outfield and doesn't expect to to utilize the left-hander at first base during the club's current series, barring injuries.
"Nothing imminent for me there. We'll pick a spot," Quade said. "Maybe see him over there in a late-inning game, where maybe it makes sense to do that. It's something that we'll look at, but sparingly, probably."
Colvin, who started in right field, has been working out at first since the Cubs traded three-time Gold Glove Award winner Derrek Lee to the Braves on Wednesday. The rookie hasn't played first since his sophomore year in college at Clemson. He had his most intense workout Sunday under the tutelage of bench and infield coach Alan Trammell.
"It'll hold off. I guess I'm not quite ready," Colvin said. "It's good to work over there and I'll do the work on the side and I'll be ready for it. It's fine taking fungos the whole time, but game speed, that's different. Once I get some balls hit hard at me, I'll see what I do with those."
Quade, however, did make some changes in the Cubs' lineup in his first game in charge.
Alfonso Soriano strolled down the hall to check out the lineup posted outside the Cubs' clubhouse at Nationals Park and was surprised at what he saw.
"Seventh?" Soriano said when he found his name in the batting order.
New leadoff hitter Blake DeWitt and Soriano's drop to the seventh spot in the lineup were the most noticeable changes on Quade's first day as the Cubs interim manager. Second baseman DeWitt will probably stay in his new spot atop the order, while Soriano's slide may be more temporary.
Colvin hit only .250 in 24 games as a leadoff hitter, and Quade prefers the left-handed hitter in a spot where he can drive in runs. So Colvin hit sixth Monday night.
Using Colvin in that spot also broke up two right-handers in the lineup: first baseman Xavier Nady, who batted fifth, and Soriano.
Quade said Soriano would likely hit sixth in a different lineup configuration against a left-handed pitcher.
Pete Kerzel is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.