Cubs’ Darwin Barney due back next week; Matt Garza a month away
BY TONI GINNETTI email@example.com April 9, 2013 11:24PM
CHICAGO, IL- APRIL 9: Shortstop Starlin Castro #13 of the Chicago Cubs loses the ball as he tries toss it to second base to force out Yuniesky Betancourt #3 of the Milwaukee Brewers on an infield single hit by Ryan Braun #8 of the Milwaukee Brewers during the second inning on April 9, 2012 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)
The facts: 7:05 p.m., CSN+,
The pitchers: Kyle Lohse (0-0, 1.50) vs. Scott Feldman (0-1, 7.71).
Cubs pitcher Matt Garza threw on the side again Tuesday and will have several more such sessions before starting a minor-league rehab. The timetable for his return is at least another month.
The better news Tuesday was that second baseman Darwin Barney, who suffered a deep cut to his knee on the last day of spring training, will play Saturday, Sunday and Monday in a minor-league rehab stint in a location yet to be determined so he can be ready to play in Tuesday’s series opener against the Texas Rangers.
Manager Dale Sveum is as anxious for Barney to return for his Gold Glove fielding as for his bat.
‘‘You miss that defense and the lack of striking out,’’ he said. ‘‘That defense is the best in baseball. . . . There’s a calmness when he’s out there.’’
Home, sweet home
For all the talk of Wrigley Field renovations — with a re-do of the home clubhouse a priority — new Cub Brent Lillibridge doesn’t think the digs are so bad.
‘‘Being on the visiting side for so long [with the White Sox], I was surprised,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s pretty spacious, high ceilings, and reporters can actually fit around here. It’s a lot better than I thought.’’
The visitors’ clubhouse is decidedly more cramped — a surviving example of the long-ago idea of making opposing teams uncomfortable when they came to play.
The Cubs clubhouse was remodeled several years ago to add a private players’ lounge and a more private trainer’s room.
‘‘This feels like home,’’ Lillibridge said. ‘‘They’ve done a good job with the space.’’
Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke didn’t get much of a chance to celebrate the Brewers’ 7-4 victory Monday that ended a five-game losing streak. He spent Monday night in a Chicago hospital after throwing out his back.
Roenicke was released Tuesday and was at Wrigley Field on the job again.