Darwin Barney went from winning a Gold Glove at second base with the Chicago Cubs in 2012 to being designated for assignment this season. The utility infielder was then traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in what wound up being the team’s only addition prior to the non-waiver trade deadline.
When Barney joined the Dodgers, he was sent to Triple-A in order to get work at multiple defensive positions. In the corresponding move to placing Hanley Ramirez on the 15-day disabled list, Barney was recalled and made his first start with the team Tuesday.
The Gold Glove winner showed great range on a ball hit past a diving Scott Van Slyke and threw to Brian Wilson, who covered first base to record the final out in what was a 1-2-3 seventh inning for the reliever:
After turning an error into a hustle double and scoring on a wild pitch in the top of the ninth inning, Barney flashed the leather once again. Barney tracked down an Evan Gattis popup and made an off-balance catch to prevent the tying run from coming to the plate: