Darwin Barney Out for Opening Day

According to multiple reports, Darwin Barney will miss Opening Day after receiving five stitches in his left knee. Barney crashed into a side wall trying to make a catch in the third inning of Saturday’s exhibition in Houston.

Darwin Barney could be looking at a stint on the DL. The Cubs are expected to make the decision on whether or not to put Barney on the disabled list in the next two days.

With Barney out for Opening Day, Brent Lillibridge will get the start at second base.

The Cubs have not announced their final Opening Day roster. Teams have until 2:00pm CDT on Sunday to finalize their Opening Day rosters. Brent Lillibridge and Hisanori Takahashi are expected to be added to the 40-man roster prior to the deadline.

The Cubs were expected to begin the season with Starlin Castro at short, Barney at second and Luis Valbuena at third. Valbuena can play second and short as well. With Brent Lillibridge filling in for Barney, that leaves Steve Clevenger as the only backup infielder on Dale Sveum’s bench

The Cubs will have to make a roster move if it looks like Darwin Barney could miss significant time.

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  • Ray Koenig

    Chone Figgins?

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      No way, Baney won’t be out long.

      • Ray Koenig

        Just thought I’d throw up, I mean out, the name.

  • Ray Ray

    Great point Neil. If you keep Clevenger it really hampers your middle infield in cases like this. They really need to add another middle infielder instead of Clevenger for the last spot. That is why I thought Yuniesky Bettencourt was a good fit.

    • brent carmona

      I would like to see clevenger play everyday and not rot on the mlb bench, although, I don’t know know how much more ‘development’ he needs, so maybe he will snag the last bench spot, not too sure…

    • 07GreyDigger

      Expect he can’t hit at all. With the team talking about patience at the plate, Betancourt’s career .290 OBP doesn’t quite fit in.

  • paulcatanese

    Sorry to hear about Barney. Unfortunatly when a player play’s as he will, hard all out every day, well, I cringe when he heads for those walls in foul territory.
    He would do it again tommorow if it would mean a catch.

  • bluekoolaidaholic

    I guess if it has to happen, it is probably better now., while Lillibridge is used to playing and hitting every day. Bad timing for Darwin though, the game before opening day. I imagine he has been counting the days just like we have.
    Anyhow, good luck and get well soon Darwin and good luck and good baseball Brent.
    Go Cubs

  • Tom U

    Phil Rogers reports that Alberto Gonzalez might benefit from Barney’s injury if he goes on the DL

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/chi-darwin-barney-chicago-cubs-20130330,0,7376791.story

    however, that seems unlikely.

    Gonzalez is not on the 40 man roster, and the Cubs would need to clear a spot before he could join the team. That spot could be opened with Scott Baker being placed on the 60-day DL. But that would mean that Gonzalez would have to be DFAed once Barney is ready, with the spot going to LHP Hisanori Takahashi.

    Most likely, the Cubs would bring in someone one the 40 man roster, a player that most likely will be added to the roster later in the season, some one with options. It could be Josh Vitters, Logan Watkins, or Brett Jackson. They most likely will just fill the roster spot. Scott Hairston, who has played 87 games in the majors at second could be the emergency player there.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Solve roster problems…let Hairston play there.

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