Disaster struck the Chicago Cubs during their final Spring Training game in Houston on Saturday when second baseman Darwin Barney suffered a deep cut to his left knee.
According to Cubs.com, Barney was chasing a foul ball when he ran into a fence and hit a piece of concrete. He was removed from the game and received five stitches.
This is bad news for the Cubs; their 2012 Gold Glove winner will miss Opening Day on Monday and will most likely spend some time on the disabled list. Cubs.com reports that Brent Lillibridge is expected to take Barney’s spot at second for the time being.
Barney’s injury marks the end of a troubled spring for the Cubs. The team lost an absurd amount of players due to injuries during Spring Training: Starlin Castro, Matt Garza, Scott Baker, Josh Vitters, Ian Stewart, Brett Jackson, just to name a few. It’s terrible to see a player as good as Barney suffer such an unfortunate injury just days before the start of the season. The Cubs can’t afford to lose him.
While Lillibridge is a decent bench player, he doesn’t have the strength the Cubs need on the field or at the plate. Barney would be much better suited for that.
Unfortunately, what’s done is done, and we won’t be seeing Barney in Monday’s lineup against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Let’s just hope his recovery goes as quickly as possible.
It’s starting to look like the Cubs’ greatest opponent this year might be the disabled list, not any other baseball team.