Results tagged ‘ Darwin Barney ’

7/28 Cubs deal Barney to LA

The Cubs traded Darwin Barney and cash consideration to the Dodgers for a player to be named later. The Cubs had designated Barney for assignment on July 22 when Emilio Bonifacio was activated from the disabled list. They’ve decided to go with Arismendy Alcantara and Bonifacio at second for now. The Cubs players will get to see Barney this weekend when they travel to Los Angeles for a three-game series.

– Carrie Muskat

4/3 Opening Day

The Cubs play their home opener on Friday at Wrigley Field, facing the Phillies.

“Opening Day at Wrigley is always special,” second baseman Darwin Barney said. “You have Bill Murray running around the bases – that’s something you don’t see anywhere else. They probably don’t allow it anywhere else. There’s always something memorable there. You can almost see the whole season ahead of you in the ivy. You’re waiting for it to turn green. It was a little warmer last year and it was a little spotty green early. This year, I have a feeling it’ll be really dark.”

Wrigley was buried under a record snowfall this winter, however, the snow will be gone by Friday’s first pitch.

“I think we’re all looking forward to going home,” Barney said.

Murray, by the way, was to throw a ceremonial first pitch on April 5, 2012, and took advantage of the moment, and sprinted around the bases.

– Carrie Muskat

3/25 Good eyes

One of the perks of the Cubs’ new complex in Mesa is that there’s room for a Ping-Pong table, and there have been some competitive matches. One of the top players so far in camp is Darwin Barney, who has beaten Jake Arrieta four times and won two out of three best-of-five series against Anthony Rizzo.

“Riz and I both use it as a warm up for our eyes,” Barney said. “It’s very valuable for hand-eye coordination.”

It gets the competitive juices going, too.

– Carrie Muskat

3/25 Cubs lineup vs. Angels

The Cubs have day-night, split-squad games Tuesday, beginning with a day game at Cubs Park in Mesa against the Angels. Darnell McDonald was in the lineup, but now Albert Almora will be the DH. The game will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet. Here’s the updated lineup:

Lake CF
Valbuena 2B
Schierholtz RF
Olt 3B
Ruggiano LF
Vogelbach 1B
Barney SS
Whiteside C
Almora DH

Wada P

3/21 Starlin Castro update

Starlin Castro is running out of time if he is going to be ready by Opening Day. The Cubs shortstop did run the bases on Thursday and is making good progress, Rick Renteria said on Friday. This Sunday will be the three-week mark since Castro suffered a strained right hamstring. There’s no time set for when Castro can get into a Cactus League game or even a Minor League game to get at-bats.

“We’re trying to get him some at-bats, possibly in the Minor Leagues first, leading off, things of that nature, and trying to get him in baseball shape,” Renteria said Friday. “He’s been doing a lot of activity but getting him out there, standing, playing five, six innings is important to us. We’re going to try to progress him as quickly as possible.”

Do the Cubs have a backup plan?

“Not even a consideration at this point,” Renteria said. “He’s doing well.”

However, the Cubs have had Darwin Barney play shortstop and also have Emilio Bonifacio and Donnie Murphy as options there.

“Right now, it’s Friday, and [Castro] went through everything extremely well, and I have nine days left,” Renteria said. “I’ve got to set up a schedule for him to participate before we can determine [if he'll be ready].”

Castro is coming off a disappointing season in which he batted .245, and has said he wants to get back to being the player who was named to the All-Star team and led the league in hits.

“He’s a guy who we all know physically we have to get in a particular type of shape,” Renteria said. “Mentally, if he’s in a good state of mind, anybody who has a sense of confidence and focus and determination, you have the ability to do a lot of things. Hopefully that will play into his ability to overcome this little setback that’s occurred this spring.”

Renteria called it a “little setback” but last spring, Castro strained his left hamstring, and only missed two weeks. He’s been out nearly three this year.

“I know he wants to play,” Renteria said. “It affected him, he hated this setback this spring, obviously. He wants to show everybody and have a comeback type season. He looks like he’s ready to get back out there on the field.”

– Carrie Muskat

3/19 Castro making progress

Starlin Castro says he’s making progress and can make up for lost time with at-bats in the Minor Leagues. Castro has been sidelined since March 2 with a strained right hamstring. He did not run on Wednesday but took ground balls and will take batting practice. It’s been a difficult spring for Castro, who spent three weeks in the Dominican Republic with the team strength coach and trained another four weeks in Florida.

“That’s still in my mind — a big year, that’s still in my mind,” Castro said. “It doesn’t go away. It’s frustrating because I came here 100 percent and get hurt and that’s why I’m frustrated. The good year that I want to have this year, it’s not going away, it stays in my mind and I think it’ll be a good year.”

He will not have another MRI on his hamstring.

If Castro isn’t ready on Opening Day, the Cubs could move Darwin Barney to short and insert Emilio Bonifacio at second.

– Carrie Muskat

3/11 Cubs lineup

Ryan Sweeney’s right knee soreness apparently isn’t too serious. The outfielder is in the Cubs lineup Tuesday for their game against the Rockies at Cubs Park. Sweeney felt some discomfort during a play Sunday in right. Travis Wood gets the start. The game will be available on webcast on Cubs.com. Here’s the lineup:

Lake CF
Schierholtz DH
Ruggiano LF
Rizzo 1B
Castillo C
Sweeney RF
Murphy 2B
Valbuena 3B
Barney SS

T. Wood P

3/7 Just like riding a bike …

Darwin Barney wasn’t sure how it would feel being back at shortstop, and the Indians didn’t waste any time testing him on Thursday. Cleveland leadoff man Michael Bourn hit a slow roller to Barney to start the game, and he cleanly fielded it and threw the runner out. And that was the last ball hit to him. A Gold Glove second baseman in 2012, Barney started at short while the Cubs wait for Starlin Castro to heal from a mild hamstring strain.

“There was a time when going back to shortstop felt more comfortable than playing second base and that was probably the first two years when I moved,” said Barney, who was a shortstop before switching to second full time in 2011. “Over time, that feeling goes away. Now I felt like I had to really focus on certain things.

“After a few innings, I felt really comfortable and you find out how much you miss that position,” he said. “It’s part of the game. I found out I’m a really good second baseman and I’m happy there, too.”

What’s next? Manager Rick Renteria says he’ll continue to rotate the infielders. Barney expects he’ll be back at second base but Renteria is getting to know the roster and what the players can and can’t do.

“As we continue to go through our workouts, he’ll remember,” Renteria said of Barney at short. “I think a lot of his movements are natural. He was over there a long time.”

On Friday, Barney was the designated hitter in one of the Cubs’ split squad games, which was a chance for more at-bats. He wouldn’t mind more playing time at short.

“I think I have value [at shortstop],” he said. “I’m pretty good over there and I like it over there, too.”

– Carrie Muskat

3/6 Cubs lineup

Travis Wood makes his first spring start today when the Cubs travel to Goodyear to play the Indians. Wood was scheduled to pitch Saturday but that game was washed out by rain and he threw in the batting cages. It’s not quite the same as a game. Darwin Barney gets his first start at shortstop. Here’s the lineup:

Bonifacio LF
Murphy 3B
Schierholtz RF
Rizzo DH
Castillo C
Olt 1B
Barney SS
Almora CF
Alcantara 2B

T. Wood P

3/3 Castro out 7-10 days

Starlin Castro will be sidelined seven to 10 days because of a mild right hamstring strain that should not hinder the shortstop from being ready for the regular season, Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Monday.

“From what we gathered, it’s similar to what happened to him last year at this time,” Renteria said of Castro’s injury, suffered in the first inning Sunday when he tried to steal second. “It’s seven to 10 days and we’re just being cautious with him. It shouldn’t set him back for the regular season.”

Castro was sidelined for two weeks last spring with a sore left hamstring. After Sunday’s game, he said the injury suffered on Sunday was “not too bad like last year” and that the team removed him as a precautionary measure. A year ago, Castro could barely walk after he was hurt.

“This doesn’t seem to be anything like last year to the degree that it was,” Renteria said. “He’s walking around pretty good now.”

The Cubs will give Emilio Bonifacio and Darwin Barney more starts at shortstop while Castro heals and also look at top prospect Javier Baez. They also have infielders Arismendy Alcantara and Jeudy Valdez in camp.

“What it allows us to do is see other guys at that position and recognize if Barney can go over there and [Bonifacio],” Renteria said. “It’ll give guys playing time.”

Castro spent more time this offseason on conditioning and reported to camp in good shape. The Cubs sent strength coach Tim Buss to the Dominican Republic for three weeks to work with the shortstop, who also spent four weeks at a training facility in Bradenton, Fla. Castro is coming off a season in which he batted a career-low .245.

– Carrie Muskat

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