5/1 DeWitt starts over Barney
Blake DeWitt, who is 9-for-25 lifetime against the Reds Bronson Arroyo, started at second base for the Cubs for the second straight game Tuesday in place of Darwin Barney. Barney, who is 1-for-7 against Arroyo, didn’t have a good weekend in Philadelphia, going 1-for-12 in the four games.
“Barney’s still going to play every day for the most part,” Dale Sveum said Tuesday. “[DeWitt’s] numbers against Arroyo are too good to sit him. He’s got to play in a game like this.”
Barney tried to make a leaping grab in the eighth inning on Monday and landed awkwardly but said he was fine from the acrobatics.
“You don’t worry about the landing on the way up,” Barney said. “I reached as far as I could and I was trying to get a little extra.”
So, he’s healthy?
“One hundred percent,” Barney said.
— Carrie Muskat