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Sunday, March 31, 2013
Darwin Barney out Opening Day

By Jesse Rogers
ESPNChicago.com

PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- The Chicago Cubs have yet to decide if second baseman Darwin Barney will go on the disabled list with an injured knee, but he won't start in the season-opening game on Monday against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Barney hurt his left knee chasing down a popup in the Cubs final exhibition game of spring training in Houston on Saturday. Brent Lillibridge will start in his place and bat eighth.

The Cubs did place Scott Baker on the 60-day DL as he continues to recover from Tommy John surgery. It opened a spot on the 40-man roster for Lillibridge, who was added to the Cubs roster. Reliever Hisanori Takahashi was also added.

The Cubs also placed pitcher Matt Garza (lat) and third baseman Ian Stewart (quad) on the 21-day disabled list Sunday, retroactive to March 22, and optioned outfielder Brett Jackson to Triple-A Iowa.

Infielder Alberto Gonzalez accompanied the team to Pittsburgh in case Barney does go on the disabled list.

The Cubs opening day lineup includes David DeJesus in center field followed by Starlin Castro as shortstop. Anthony Rizzo bats third and plays first base with Alfonso Soriano in the clean-up spot and playing left field. Nate Schierholtz is in right followed by catcher Welington Castillo. Third baseman Luis Valbuena bats seventh followed by Lillibridge and starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija.

The Cubs will be opposed by A.J. Burnett.