4/12 Barney to get Gold Glove today
Darwin Barney will finally get to hold the Gold Glove trophy.
The Cubs second baseman, who won the award for his stellar play last season, was presented the trophy prior to Friday’s game against the Giants.
“It’ll be good to actually see it,” Barney said. “It’s exciting to get it and start the campaign for a new one.”
Does he have a spot at home for the trophy?
“I kind of plan on holding it for a couple days,” he said, smiling. “My wife will have to move to the couch for a couple days.”
He’s kidding, Lindsay.
“Last year is over and done with,” Barney said. “You can reflect on that when the time comes. Right now, my focus now is getting my mind and everything ready for Tuesday or Monday, whichever day I play.”
Barney begins a Minor League rehab assignment on Saturday with Triple-A Iowa, and if all goes well, he will rejoin the Cubs on Tuesday. He’s on the disabled list with a left knee laceration suffered March 30 when he slid into the right field wall at Minute Maid Park. He got the stitches removed on Friday.
“I feel like I’m ready now,” Barney said. “I felt like I was ready a few days ago. It’s just a matter of getting that first slide out of the way. I’ve kept my arm in shape. I’ve seen pitches. It wasn’t an injury that I couldn’t go and do things. I could still be active. I feel I’ll be ready for when I come back.”
Couldn’t he pick someplace warmer to rehab?
“They left it up to me, and [Class A] Daytona was thunderstorms all weekend,” Barney said. “[Double-A] Tennessee is probably the best weather. I decided on Iowa. It’s going to be cold here, so might as well get some at-bats with your hands frozen so you’re ready when you come back.”
— Carrie Muskat