CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs’ Darwin Barney will he held out of Wednesday’s game for precautionary reasons after the second baseman was hit in the head with a pitch in the eighth inning of Tuesday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
“I don’t think it’s anything major,” said manager Dale Sveum, who will start Jeff Baker at second base. “He got hit in the head and there’s some ringing in his ear, but he’s fine today. We’ll just give him (the day off) today … We have (Thursday) off, and he’ll be ready to go on Friday.”
After getting hit with a breaking ball from A.J. Burnett, who had a no-hitter going at the time, Barney seemed only slightly fazed as he attempted to go to first base before the trainer came out and he was removed from the game.
“I was trying to figure out where I was at – not like at Wrigley Field – where I was at with my health,” Barney said with a smile. “I thought I was fine so I started to go to first base, but the way things are these days, they’re very cautious with the head. So they took me out.”
Barney was never taken to the hospital, but some tests were run on him after he was removed from the game which determined he was asymptomatic and did not have a concussion.
Along with getting hit in the head, Barney, along with his teammates, has had to deal with the reality of his team being sellers at the trade deadline. Veterans Ryan Dempster, Reed Johnson, Geovany Soto and Paul Maholm were all dealt prior to Tuesday’s trade deadline.
“It’s weird, someone was saying yesterday, ‘You’re a salty veteran on this team,’” Barney said. “You look around and it’s pretty crazy. I think a lot of us are excited about the direction we’re going in, but at the same time, we’re sad that some big pieces had to go. But we’re all very lucky to have Cubs uniform on, I think that’s first and foremost.”
The Cubs have been playing better of late, sporting a 19-11 since June 25 good for fourth in the NL. But Barney said he and his teammates were well aware that they had put themselves in a position to be sellers at this point in the season.
Barney is hitting .269 with five home runs, along with playing spectacular defense at second base.