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For Colvin it's up, up and away
By Bruce Miles | Daily Herald Staff

Rookie outfielder Tyler Colvin said he won't believe he's made the Cubs roster until he's on the plane to Atlanta.


Bruce Miles | Daily Herald Staff

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Published: 3/28/2010 8:15 PM

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PEORIA, Ariz. - Rookie outfielder Tyler Colvin said he won't believe he's made the Cubs roster until he's on the plane to Atlanta.

Maybe he should select "aisle" or "window" now.

"I mean, if we can't take Colvin after the spring he's had, something's wrong," manager Lou Piniella said Sunday before the Cubs beat Seattle Mariners 1-0. I haven't told him, but I think the young man should be able to figure it out."

When told of Colvin's fear of not flying, Piniella had a quick response.

"Oh, really?" the manager said. "I'll help him today get on the plane. Yeah, he's had a heck of a spring. My gosh, he should be rewarded for coming to spring training... look, (reliever James) Russell hasn't given up a run in 10 innings this spring, and he's going to be with us unless something happens trade wise. You reward performance in the spring. If not, there's no sense in keeping statistics or records or anything. Just get in shape and play."

Colvin went 1-for-3 against the Mariners, playing center field. He's now 29-for-62 (.468) on the spring.

Quick work: Sunday's game was played before a Cactus League-record crowd of 13,629, and it took just 1 hour, 59 minutes.

Cubs starting pitcher Ryan Dempster (2-0) worked 7 innings, giving up 4 hits while walking two and striking out nine. He loaded the bases with nobody out in the seventh but struck out three in a row.

"It was fun," he said. "I felt good all day. I was able to make some pitches and get out of it. It was a lot of good work, a real good stepping stone to get ready for the season."

Lee sore: First baseman Derrek Lee was a lineup scratch. He fouled a ball off his left foot in batting practice a couple of days ago. The foot had been sore to begin with, so the Cubs sent him home after Lee got treatment Sunday morning.

"It's still bothering him," Lou Piniella said. "This is about a week ago. It's still bothering him a little bit. He fouled a ball off the other day in BP again. The same thing. So we took him out of the lineup. Derrek will be ready to go. He's a hard worker."

Piniella added that Lee should be back in the lineup by Tuesday, if not Monday.

One spot open: With Tyler Colvin on the team, the battle for the last spot is among veteran nonroster men Chad Tracy and Kevin Millar and homegrown players Sam Fuld and Micah Hoffpauir. One will make it.

"I don't see anything more," Lou Piniella said. "We're pretty well set. We've got to make a decision here the next couple days. That's it. The rest of it, the rotation's set. Basically, we've got some people in the bullpen. We've got to get them some work. That's about it. The last spot is all I see unless there's a trade."

Happy to be here: Reliever Mike Parisi was all smiles in the clubhouse Sunday, one day after "re-signing" with the Cubs and being sent to Class AAA Iowa.

The Cubs claimed Parisi in the Rule 5 draft from the Cardinals and put him on waivers last week. When Parisi cleared, he became a free agent and chose to stay with the Cubs. He was able to do that because he had been outrighted in the past by the Cardinals.

"I feel if I pitch well here, I will have an opportunity," Parisi said.