Barney is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Cubs, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports. After dropping the first two games in Chicago, the Blue Jays are switching things up for the series finale. Jose Bautista is starting at third base for the game, pushing Josh Donaldson to shortstop and Ryan Goins to second base while leaving Barney as the odd man out.
Barney is out of the lineup Monday against the Rays, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports. With the Blue Jays five games under .500 entering play Monday and essentially out of the mix for a playoff spot, there isn't much incentive to hand regular playing time to Barney, a 31-year-old, glove-first player who offers little upside at this stage of his career. Barney will cede the keystone to Rob Refsnyder in the series opener, which could become a more regular occurrence over the final month and a half of the season as the Blue Jays look to determine whether Refsnyder profiles as an everyday option.
Barney is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Yankees. Barney is hitless over his last 10 at-bats, so he'll head to the bench for a breather after starting four straight games at second base. Rob Refsnyder will take over for him at the keystone for the contest, though Barney should continue to see plenty of reps with Troy Tulowitzki (groin) on the shelf for the rest of the season.
Barney will start at second base and bat ninth Sunday against the Indians. Barney logged three consecutive starts earlier this week with the Red Sox bringing left-handers to the hill, but thanks to Troy Tulowitzki's groin injury, Barney will remain in the lineup against a right-hander for the third time in four contests. Since he's recorded only one hit over the last seven games and owns a pedestrian .215/.272/.271 line for the season, Barney's increased playing time won't mean much for fantasy purposes.
Barney will start at second base and bat ninth Wednesday against the Red Sox, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports. It's the third straight start at second base for Barney, but all have coincided with the Red Sox bringing southpaw starters to the mound. With that in mind, he still looks to be stuck on the short side of a platoon at the position with Ryan Goins.
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