8/1 Barney OK after getting hit

Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney still had a little ringing in his left ear but otherwise was fine after being hit in the head by a pitch from the Pirates’ A.J. Burnett Tuesday night. Barney did not start Wednesday in the Cubs’ series finale against the Pirates as a precaution.

“I don’t think it’s anything major but obviously he got hit in the head and there’s some ringing in his ear,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. “He’s fine but we’ll give him today, especially with the heat, and he’ll have [Thursday] off and be ready to go Friday.”

Barney was wearing a red hockey helmet in the clubhouse but that was more for the team’s NHL sweater day, not because he needed to have protection on his head.

“When he hit me, I wasn’t expecting him to hit me,” Barney said. “I was self evaluating when I was standing there [after being hit]. I thought I was fine. I started toward first base, but the way things are these days, they’re very cautious with the head and they took me out.”

Barney said he wasn’t dizzy, and there were no symptoms of a concussion. He also was proud of himself that he scored 100 percent on the tests given by the team’s medical staff.

– Carrie Muskat

6 Comments

Thankgod he’s okay!!! But still a brave guy for still wanting to run the bases! :)

good to hear. looked like it might have bounced off at an angle. didn’t look quite as severe as when Sosa had his ear cover shatter, but still very scary. Hope to see him back soon.

I am concerned about the ringing in his ear. Should it last this long? I
hope they check this out with a specialist. Losing hearing is not good.
Miss seeing him in the lineup today.

I’m sure the Cubs medical staff is taking care of him. I don’t think they want him getting hematoma. If he doesn’t have headaches by the end of tomorrow he’ll be fine.

Thanks Jesse for caring. I hope you are right. I am sure the Cubs medical
staff are pretty careful with their players. Saw him in the dugout today
eating seeds so it didn’t effect his appetite!!! Maybe he will play on
Friday.

Yea I think he’ll be Fine by friday! Hope he is though!

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