Renteria platoons Darwin Barney, Emilio Bonifacio at 2B
BY GORDON WITTENMYER Staff Reporter April 2, 2014 11:11PM
Updated: April 3, 2014 12:22AM
PITTSBURGH — After sidestepping the question during spring training, Cubs manager Rick Renteria made it clear with his lineup for the second game that Gold Glover Darwin Barney isn’t his every-day second baseman.
Barney, who drew a walk in three trips to the plate Monday, was on the bench Wednesday as Renteria moved Emilio Bonifacio to second as part of a left-handed platoon.
“It’s just an opportunity for us to be able to get guys in and use them in the different positions they can play and keep them comfortable, moving from position to position on a daily basis,” Renteria said when asked about Barney’s status. “That doesn’t mean Barn’s not going to face righties, not at all. These guys are all going to be playing. They’re going to get plenty of playing time.”
It just means that Barney, like most other Cubs hitters, will have to check the lineup card every day to know if they’re playing. Only Starlin Castro, Anthony Rizzo and Welington Castillo appear to have regular positions locked in.
“[Barney’s] glove is an important [part of the] equation,” Renteria said. “The reality is, when you’re looking at the lineup as a whole, all the guys that we have play pretty good defensive ball here.”
Safe, not sorry
Outfielder Justin Ruggiano said he could have played Monday, but he sat out in part because of a sore left ankle. But he was glad the team was cautious because the ankle was much better Wednesday.
“I’m full go,” he said.
Outfield prospect Jorge Soler was limited the last week of spring training because of a sore hamstring. He’s considered day-to-day as the Class AA Tennessee season opens Thursday.