According to multiple reports, the Cubs have placed Darwin Barney on the paternity list in order for him to leave the team to be with his wife for the birth of their third child. Barney is expected to miss the remaining two days of the series in Cincinnati.
The Cubs announced Arismendy Alcantara will take Barney’s place on the active 25-man roster. The call-up is only for two days. According to ESPN Chicago, the Cubs called Alcantara after Iowa’s game wrapped up and told him the news.
Arismendy Alcantara told Jesse Rogers he realizes the call-up is for only two days, but he is in shock and received congratulations from his Iowa teammates.
Before Tuesday’s game, Arismendy Alcantara was hitting .308/.354/.538 in 88 games with Iowa. Alcantara had 24 doubles, 11 triples, 10 home runs and a .892 OPS. Alcantara went 1-for-4 with a double in Tuesday night’s loss to Omaha.
Arismendy Alcantara will hopefully get a chance to play for the next two days. Alcantara played centerfield Tuesday night and is expected to receive more playing time in center while he is in Iowa. Alcantara has mainly played second base this season and should fit in with Starlin Castro without a problem.
Dallas Beeler and Kyle Hendricks, along with Arismendy Alcantara will play in the last two games of the series in Cincinnati … it’s only three, but cookies are cookies.