Tyler Colvin to get look at first base

Updated: August 19, 2010, 5:15 PM ET
By Bruce Levine | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs outfielder Tyler Colvin, who leads all rookies with 18 home runs, will be evaluated as a first baseman as the team looks for a replacement for Derrek Lee, who was traded to the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday.

Cubs manager Lou Piniella will have the team's infield coaches evaluate Colvin's defensive play at first during pregame drills before deciding whether to use him in a game. Colvin hasn't played first since his sophomore year at Clemson.

"I enjoyed it when I played there in high school and a little bit in college," Colvin said. "If that's what they want me to do, I'll do it."

Colvin also said he'll consider going to the Arizona Instructional League in Mesa in order to hone his first-base skills during the offseason if the team so desires.

Bruce Levine covers baseball for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.

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Bruce Levine has covered sports in Chicago for over 28 years and hosts "Talkin' Baseball," heard Saturday mornings on ESPN 1000.

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