Darwin Barney close to returning

Updated: April 11, 2013, 7:11 PM ET
By Jesse Rogers | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney will have stitches removed from his left knee on Friday before starting a rehab assignment at Triple-A Iowa over the weekend and is expected to return from the disabled list for Tuesday's game against the Texas Rangers.

Barney will play in games in Iowa from Saturday through Monday. He is eligible to come off the disabled list on Monday, but the Cubs are off that day. They begin a three-game series against the Rangers on Tuesday.

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