Cubs opt for extra rest with Barney

Cubs opt for extra rest with Barney

Cubs opt for extra rest with Barney
CHICAGO -- Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney still had a little ringing in his left ear, but otherwise was fine after being hit in the head by a pitch from the Pirates' A.J. Burnett Tuesday night.

Barney did not start on Wednesday in the Cubs' series finale against the Pirates as a precaution.

"I don't think it's anything major, but obviously he got hit in the head and there's some ringing in his ear," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "He's fine, but we'll give him today, especially with the heat, and he'll have [Thursday] off and be ready to go Friday."

Barney was wearing a red hockey helmet in the clubhouse, but that was more for the team's NHL sweater day, not because he needed to have protection on his head.

"When he hit me, I wasn't expecting him to hit me," Barney said. "I was self evaluating when I was standing there [after being hit]. I thought I was fine. I started toward first base, but the way things are these days, they're very cautious with the head and they took me out."

Barney said he wasn't dizzy, and there were no symptoms of a concussion. He also was proud of himself that he scored 100 percent on the tests given by the team's medical staff.

"We're going to be cautious and give it a break today," he said.