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Theriot could be out of lineup for a while
By Bruce Miles | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 5/31/2010 6:47 PM

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PITTSBURGH - A brutal month of May came to an even worse end Monday for the Cubs' Ryan Theriot, who was benched for the series opener against the Pirates.

Mike Fontenot started at second base, and, according to manager Lou Piniella, things may stay this way for a while.

"Fontenot's had a good month," Piniella said. "He's swung the bat well. We'll see how well Fontenot does, but I'm not going to say one way or another. This could be more than a one-day thing, yes."

The May splits were quite different for Fontenot and Theriot. Fontenot entered Monday with a May hitting line of .378/.440/.689, while Theriot was at .238/.259/248, leading to the switch.

Fontenot had 5 doubles, 3 triples, 1 homer and 11 RBI. Theriot, on the other hand, had only 1 extra-base hit and 1 walk for the month.

"He's swinging the bat, putting the ball in play," Piniella said of Fontenot. "He's done better. With Theriot, we're talking about 1 walk the whole month. That's kind of hard to do. We talked to him about it. He's had 1 extra-base hit the whole month.

"But we'll see. I like the energy that he brings. I like the way he plays baseball. Unfortunately for us, what we need here is offense."

Theriot got into Monday's game and ended it by striking out with a man on base.

"Obviously, you want to be in there playing," he said. "But I can play other spots, as well. We'll just have to wait and see what happens. The main thing is to start winning ballgames, and hopefully we can do that.

"I don't think he's singling me out; I don't think he's taking me out. I've got more at-bats than anybody else on the team, so I don't think it's that at all. Mike's swinging the bat well, and that might just be they want to get him some more ABs."

Colvin to start? After saying at the end of spring training he needed to get rookie outfielder Tyler Colvin 2-3 starts a week in an outfield "rotation," Lou Piniella said he would start Colvin on Tuesday night.

In May, Colvin started only four games, going 5-for-12 with 4 runs, a homer and 3 RBI in those starts.

"I looked at it today again," Piniella said. "Where do we put him? Do I sit the left fielder down? Do I sit the center fielder down? Do I sit the right fielder down? One of them has to sit if he's going to play."

Time off for Grabow: Struggling lefty John Grabow said he will work on some things with pitching coach Larry Rothschild while on the disabled list with a left-knee sprain. Grabow went on the DL Monday, when the Cubs brought pitcher Andrew Cashner up from Iowa.

Grabow is 0-3 with a 9.45 ERA and a WHIP (walks plus hits per 1 inning pitched) of 2.15.

"Obviously, I'm not pitching the way I should be pitching right now, and I want to get it right," he said. "I'm not making any excuses. I'm pitching bad, but there's something going on where I'm not getting the results the way I should be getting, and I'm going to try to figure that out.

"I want to take the ball every day. I'm supposed to be the guy that's coming in there and shut the door and help get the ball to Marmol. It hasn't worked that way."