Colvin making bid for increased role

Colvin making bid for increased role

DENVER -- Tyler Colvin says he's not trying to prove anything with his eye-opening offense for the Rockies this season, but that could end up happening.

Colvin homered, tripled and singled twice in Thursday afternoon's 11-10 victory over the Nationals, and was in the starting lineup for the third straight game on Friday night against the Padres.

In his last six games, Colvin has hit .450 (9-for-20) with a home run, two doubles, a triple and eight RBIs.

With the Rockies well below .500 and seemingly in a situation where they have to evaluate young talent, it could be an opportunity for Colvin, 26, who came in an off-season trade with the Cubs.

"Everyone would love to be an everyday player, but I just come ready every day," said Colvin, who went into Friday with a .309 batting average, eight home runs and 29 RBIs. "If not, great. I'm not going to look ahead and try to play for that. I'm playing to help the team. We have a manager that makes decisions and it doesn't matter what I think. I'm an outfielder and I don't make those decisions.

"I've had some runs playing, five or six games in a row. I'm ready whenever my name is called, whenever I'm in the lineup. If it's an extended amount of time, great. If not, it's what I'm prepared for anyway."

Four of Colvin's last five starts have been in right field and first base, when the Rockies are resting veterans Michael Cuddyer and Todd Helton. Colvin also has had some opportunities in center field when Dexter Fowler was slumping, but those aren't coming his way lately, because Fowler has had a couple of torrid streaks since late May.

Manager Jim Tracy calls Colvin one of the bright spots whose performance has been overshadowed by the struggles of the starting pitchers, which have contributed to the team's 29-46 record going into Friday night.

"There are a lot of things that are awfully right, and we have to keep moving forward and see if we can solve this [pitching] issue," Tracy said.

The start was Colvin's 31st in 73 games this season. It's a greater pace than last season, when he bounced between the Cubs and Triple-A Iowa and finished with 49 Major League starts. In 2010, when his 20 home runs were fourth-most for a Cubs rookie, he earned 81 starts.