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Cubs GM Hoyer on Colvin: ``He's certainly not out of the picture''

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Among the ramifications of Wednesday's signing of right fielder David DeJesus is that once-promising outfielder Tyler Colvin, who slumped significantly in his 2011 sophomore season, is officially back to prove-it status.

The lefty hitter who hit 20 home runs as a rookie 2010 never got on track in '11, slumping from the start of spring training and spending much of the season at AAA.

The front office and field staff expected Colvin to win the everyday right field job from Kosuke Fukudome when spring training opened last season.

He wound up hitting .150 (.204 on-base percentage) with just six home runs and nearly a 2-to-1 strikeouts-to-hits ratio (58-31) in 222 plate appearances.

This time around he'll be starting over, fighting in Mesa for a big-league job - that is, unless he winds up in Boston as compensation for Theo Epstein (Colvin's name has been loosely linked to those talks).

But general manager Jed Hoyer insists the DeJesus signing doesn't mean the club has given up on Colvin, the Cubs' first-round draft pick in 2006.

``He's certainly not out of the picture,'' Hoyer said. ``He's got to come to camp and look to bounce back from [last season]. We signed DeJesus to round out the lineup and do everything we can to put a competitive lineup on the field. But to say [Colvin's] out of our plans would be wrong.''

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