Colvin taking extra swings in search of timing

Colvin taking extra swings in search of timing

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The hitting stroke that outfielder-first baseman Tyler Colvin used to hit .290 with 18 home runs, 72 RBIs and 27 doubles last season has gone missing this spring.

Colvin, hitting .190 in 42 Cactus League at-bats, searched for it in a Minor League game on Monday, but all he could manage was a double and some rollover grounders in five at-bats.

The Rockies play Colvin at all three outfield positions and first base. Depending on the health and swings of various front-line players, Colvin's playing time could be sporadic when the season starts.

"Usually, I've had 60 or 70 at-bats in Spring Training, but I haven't had as many [this year], so I have to try to get my timing down," said Colvin, who went to the batting cage for extra work after the Minor League game. "I want to see as many pitches as possible before the season starts.

"You'd like to square up balls and you want to be feeling good at the end. We're coming to the end, and I'd like to be feeling a little bit better. The season is coming and I want to be ready to go. I don't' know how many at-bats I'm going to get to start off, so I want to be ready for those pinch-hits."

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.