Quade defends use of Colvin

ATLANTA -- Chicago Cubs manager Mike Quade again took questions on Friday about his use of outfielder Tyler Colvin.

When general manager Jim Hendry traded Kosuke Fukudome on July 29, he stated that part of the reason for that move was to open up a spot for Colvin in the outfield.

Colvin struggled in two prior stints with the Cubs this season before he was re-called on July 29. In 2010, he hit 20 homers in 358 at-bats as a rookie.

In recent days, Quade has started the hot-hitting Reed Johnson over Colvin. Quade has stated that playing time is earned not given.

“Let’s take Colvin, for example," Quade said. "We hope he’s here for 10 years and playing like a son of a gun. He comes back here after struggling and you look to put him in the right spots. We have a wonderful stretch where we go up against five right-handers and that’s the way I want to get him started up here. On the other hand, I do have guys that have played pretty well. Reed hasn’t played too bad. This gives me an opportunity to put them in a position where they can succeed.”

Colvin hit .105 in his first two stints with the Cubs this season. At one point, he was mired in an 0-for-34 slump. On the season, he’s batting .122 with four homers and 11 RBIs.