03/01/11 6:24 PM ET
Colvin to make debut at first base on Friday
By Carrie Muskat / MLB.com
Colvin, who has not played first regularly since high school, has played outfield so far for the Cubs, but they want to see if he can back up Carlos Pena.
In his first game Sunday, Colvin made two errors in right. The Cubs have committed six miscues in two games this spring, but manager Mike Quade wasn't ordering extra drills. Yet.
"Whenever you make mistakes, there's a concern," Quade said. "The first week of the season, I'll look at positives. Whether we win or lose, it is about the process.
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"You hate losing," he said, "but I looked at all the names I had down there that I was pleased with, whether it was at-bats or pitching or defense, in spite of the errors we made, and I left with a smile, and that's the main thing. When you start losing a lot of games because we're sloppy from start to finish or our key guys aren't swinging the bats, I'd be more alarmed."
'W' for Wellemeyer: Reliever beats old team
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Todd Wellemeyer was credited with the Cubs' first Cactus League win Tuesday in his first spring outing, and it just happened to be against his former team, the Giants.
"I couldn't ask for a better result than that," Wellemeyer said of his outing, not the "W."
The right-hander, in his second stint with the Cubs, gave up one hit and stuck out two over two innings in relief. Last year, he won three games in 11 starts with the Giants. There was a little extra motivation for Wellemeyer on Tuesday.
"Of course -- they're the world champs," Wellemeyer said. "I'm going up against Goliath right now, and they have a good lineup. It might help a little bit because I saw them all year, but the one guy you never really know is [Pablo] Sandoval."
Sandoval got the only hit, a double with one out in the fourth.
Wellemeyer was released by the Giants on Aug. 19 and signed a Minor League deal with the Cubs in January. It was tough to watch San Francisco win it all and not be part of the festivities.
"All the guys told me, 'Wish you were here with us, wish you would've been there,'" Wellemeyer said. "It's a business. I was the biggest fan of them in Kentucky, guaranteed."
He's started and pitched in relief. He came up in the Cubs' system, but where he fits now has yet to be determined, if he does fit.
"If these guys don't have a spot for me, maybe one of the other teams will," Wellemeyer said. "I'm just going to do my thing."
Cubs keeping eye on third baseman Smith
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- One of Cubs manager Mike Quade's goals this spring is to get a feel for some of the young players in the system. Marquez Smith is one of those players.
Smith, 26, started at third base Monday for the Cubs against the Brewers and went 1-for-2 with a double. An eighth-round pick in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, he batted .314 at Triple-A Iowa last year. He also played for Aragua in Venezuela from Oct. 12-Dec. 3, and batted .247 in 30 games. Cubs Minor League manager Buddy Bailey was his manager there.
"That made the transition easier," Smith said.
In December, Smith, who has dropped 15 pounds from one year ago, wasn't sure he'd be with the Cubs. He was not given a spot on the 40-man roster and protected by the Cubs in the Rule 5 Draft, but he was not taken by any team.
"The Rule 5 Draft, a lot of pitchers are taken and sometimes only one or two position players are taken," Smith said. "Going into it, I knew there was a chance I could get picked up by somebody. I just let it happen."
He wasn't sitting at home that day waiting for a phone call.
"If it happened, it happened, and if not, I knew I was coming back to a great situation here," Smith said. "It was a win-win situation."
Outfielder Fernando Perez was sidelined with a bruised left shoulder injured during a diving catch on Monday. Lou Montanez will get more playing time while Perez heals. The concern was that Perez had hurt his left wrist, which required surgery in March 2009. ... Angel Guzman is on schedule to throw a live batting practice session on Wednesday. He underwent shoulder surgery one year ago. "Miracles can happen," Cubs manager Mike Quade said of the right-hander, whose career has been interrupted by elbow and shoulder injuries. "Let's see if he can't get healthy and get back throwing the way he did." ... Darwin Barney is eating well this spring, thanks to Cubs outfielder Marlon Byrd, who brings the infielder breakfast every morning. "He has a good work ethic," Byrd said of Barney, who is trying to win a spot on the 25-man roster as an extra infielder. "I asked if he wanted breakfast and he said, 'Yes.'" Byrd made the offer to a few other players, but they politely declined. "I'll take care of the boys," Byrd said. ... Former Cubs infielder Mike Fontenot, now with the Giants, will get his World Series ring when the Cardinals come to San Francisco. And you can bet he'll show it off to his ex-teammate Ryan Theriot, who now plays for St. Louis. ... Cubs pitcher Chris Carpenter was sent home from practice because he was suffering from flulike symptoms and they didn't want him to infect the rest of the team. Quade has been dealing with the same thing for a few days.
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.