Cubs designated 2B Barney for assignment

Opening Day second baseman Darwin Barney was designated for assignment on Tuesday by the Chicago Cubs to make way for outfielder Emilio Bonifacio on the roster.

The 28-year-old Barney played in 72 games for the Cubs this season and batted .230 with two home runs and 16 RBIs. Bonifacio returned from the disabled list for a game with the San Diego Padres.

Barney played in 141 games or more each of the past three seasons. Since joining the Cubs in 2010, he batted .246 with 16 homers and 130 RBIs while providing good defense.

With Barney departed, the Cubs plan to continue with 22-year-old rookie Arismendy Alcantara at second base. He was called up two weeks ago when Barney went on paternity leave and has batted .286 in eight games.

Bonifacio was sidelined in mid-June with a strained right oblique. He was batting .261 with one homer and 16 RBIs in 61 games.

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