Losing Marlon Byrd to the most unfortunate of circumstances, getting beaned in the eye, is certain to leave a void in the Cubs’ clubhouse, if for no other reason than Byrd’s durability and emotional leadership.
Replacing Byrd’s offense is no easy chore, either. His bat heated up in May hitting at a .340 clip over his last 24 games.
He also hit safely in 18 of his last 21 games, including a career best 16-game hitting streak.
All totaled, Byrd’s batting .308 with 3 HR & 11 RBI, all while starting 43 of the Cubs’ first 44 games.
Chicago, however, is fortunate to have some viable replacement options in Reed Johnson, Tony Campana and fresh meat, Luis Montanez.
Johnson would appear to have earned the bulk of playing time given he’s hit to the tune of .411 over his last 27 games.
Yet, while Campana and Montanez have shown well in the early going, I can’t help but to be disappointed Tyler Colvin was left at Triple-A Iowa.
That’s not to say Campana and Montanez didn’t earn their call-ups–they most certainly did. But the unfortunate loss of Byrd presents a needed opportunity for Colvin–a player the Cubs deemed an everyday guy late last season.
Leaving Colvin at Triple-A Iowa now has me wondering…is Tyler in the Cubs’ doghouse for reasons other than slumping at the plate?