(6/29/2010) The Mets have signed catcher Michael Barrett to a minor-league contract Tuesday.
Barrett designated for assignment
(10/29/2009) The Blue Jays have designated catcher Michael Barrett for assignment. They have 10 days to trade, release or outright him to the minor leagues.
Blue Jays pull three off 15-day DL
(10/14/2009) The Blue Jays removed pitcher Dustin McGowan (recovery from right shoulder surgery), pitcher Jesse Litsch (Tommy John elbow surgery in June 2009) and catcher Michael Barrett (shoulder) from the 15-day DL on Wednesday.
Barrett sent down to Triple-A
(7/6/2009) Toronto activated catcher Michael Barrett from the 15-day disabled list and sent him outright to Triple-A Las Vegas on Monday.
Barrett ready to start rehab stint
(6/15/2009) Catcher Michael Barrett was assigned to the Class A Dunedin Blue Jays of the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday.
Barrett begins long rehab road
(5/8/2009) The Toronto Sun reports that Blue Jays backup C Michael Barrett (torn shoulder muscle) has begun playing catch but could be out weeks or months. "It's going to be a long road," Barrett said. "I can't let my expectations get too big," he said. "I hit off a tee (yesterday). Hitting won't be as bad as throwing. It's still a challenge to work through the pain."
Barrett lands on 15-day disabled list
(4/18/2009) Toronto Blue Jays catcher Michael Barrett was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a torn muscle and possible fracture in his right shoulder. Catcher Raul Chavez was recalled from Triple-A on Saturday to take Barrett's place on the roster.
Barrett exits with injury
(4/17/2009) Blue Jays catcher Michael Barrett left Friday's game against Oakland in the fourth inning after he injured his right shoulder chasing a wild pitch. Barrett was injured while trying to prevent Bobby Crosby from scoring from third base on a wild pitch from left-hander David Purcey. Barrett picked up the ball in Oakland's on-deck circle but fell awkwardly on his right shoulder as he threw home, appearing to land on a weight used by on-deck hitters. Barrett lay on the ground in pain and was attended to by trainer George Poulis and manager Cito Gaston before walking gingerly off the field, holding his right arm. He was replaced by Rod Barajas.
Backup C Barrett hits first homer
(4/16/2009) Blue Jays C Michael Barrett, backing up Rod Barajas behind the plate, got a start Wednesday at Minnesota and went 2-for-5 with a home run -- his first -- and two runs scored.
(4/5/2009) Blue Jays C Michael Barrett had his minor league contract purchased on Sunday as he made the team's 25-man roster out of spring training. Barrett hit .225 this spring in 40 at bats with four RBI.
Barrett wins job as backup catcher
(4/1/2009) The Blue Jays effectively named Michael Barrett their backup catcher when they sent Raul Chavez to the minor leagues Wednesday. Barrett hit .257 (9-for-35) this spring.
Jays give minor deal to Barrett
(12/30/2008) Pitcher Mike Maroth, catcher Michael Barrett and two other players signed minor league contracts with the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday and were invited to spring training. Catcher Raul Chavez and infielder Randy Ruiz also joined the Blue Jays.
Jays give C Barrett minor deal
(12/30/2008) The Toronto Blue Jays signed veteran catcher Michael Barrett to a minor league contract.
Marlins might be interested in Barrett
(12/11/2008) The Marlins have expressed interest in free-agent catcher Michael Barrett, who played just 30 games last year for the Padres due to injuries.
Barrett waived by Padres
(10/11/2008) Padres catcher Michael Barrett, who missed 115 games because of injuries, has elected free agency after clearing outright waivers.
Padres claim Patterson from Yanks
(9/11/2008) The San Diego Padres claimed right-hander Scott Patterson off outright waivers from the New York Yankees on Thursday. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Padres transferred catcher Michael Barrett to the 60-day disabled list. Patterson will join the Padres for Friday night's game against San Francisco.
Barrett has 'gnarly' scar
(7/29/2008) Padres C Michael Barrett continues to recover from surgery on July 13 to insert four titanium plates in his face. He broke his nose, his right orbital bone and a bone in his forehead when he fouled a ball off his face at Colorado on July 2. Barrett said doctors peeled his forehead down during the four-hour surgery. He has a scar running across the top of his head where doctors used 32 staples to close him back up. "I've got pictures. They're gnarly," Barrett said.
Barrett undergoes successful surgery
(7/19/2008)The Sports Xchange notes that Michael Barrett had successful surgery in San Diego Thursday to repair the facial and nasal fractures suffered July 2 when he was struck in the face by a foul ball off his own bat. Barrett suffered a broken nose and facial fractures, including one to his right orbital bone.
Barrett ready for nose surgery
(7/7/2008) Sitting at his locker in street clothes and squinting through two black eyes, San Diego Padres catcher Michael Barrett drew quite the crowd. Greg Maddux, Monday night's starter against Florida, took a picture of Barrett with his iPhone. Ace Jake Peavy came over and offered consoling words to the injured Barrett. "You look good," Peavy said. "At least your nose is straight." It was the first time the Padres saw Barrett since he fouled a ball off his face Wednesday night in a game at Colorado, fracturing three bones and landing on the disabled list for perhaps six weeks. Barrett spent that night in a Denver hospital and returned to San Diego the next day while the team headed to Arizona for a weekend series. "I feel really good," Barrett said. "At this point, I look a lot worse than I feel. I'm just hurrying up and waiting for surgery. That's kind of the thing I want now."
Barrett on DL, will miss six weeks
(7/4/2008) Padres C Michael Barrett will require surgery for facial fractures and may be out six weeks. The Padres placed him on the 15-day disabled list on Friday and purchased the contract of catcher Nick Hundley from Triple-A Portland. Barrett left Wednesday night's game at Colorado in the third inning after fouling a ball off his face. He returned to San Diego and was examined at Scripps Clinic on Thursday. "I think the early word is that he'll have to have some plates and screws in the area," Padres manager Bud Black said. "They do expect a full recovery, however."
Barrett to undergo surgery
(7/4/2008) The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that Padres catcher Michael Barrett suffered multiple facial fractures, one a broken nose that will require surgery, when he was struck by a ball off his bat Wednesday in Denver.
Barrett likely headed to DL
(7/3/2008) Padres catcher Michael Barrett returned to San Diego and was examined at Scripps Clinic on Thursday, a day after fouling a ball off his face at Colorado. Barrett, who is believed to have a broken nose, was hospitalized overnight in Denver. The Padres were off Thursday. Barrett left Wednesday night's game in the third inning after fouling a ball off his face. Barrett remained on the ground near home plate for several minutes. He was attended to by trainers before walking to the clubhouse under his own power.
Barrett hit in face, leaves game Wed.
(7/3/2008) San Diego Padres catcher Michael Barrett left Wednesday night's game against Colorado in the third inning after fouling a ball off his face. He was taken to a hospital for further evaluation for what was believed to be a broken nose, according to the team. Barrett remained on the ground near home plate for several minutes. He was attended to by trainers before walking to the clubhouse under his own power.
Barrett 1-for-14 in last five
(6/17/2008) Padres C Michael Barrett was hitless in two at-bats Tuesday against the Yankees and walked once. He was the only San Diego hitter not to strikeout. Barrett, however, is just 1-for-14 (.071) in his last five games. He hasn't had a multi-hit game since May 29.
(6/8/2008) Padres C Michael Barrett hit a game-tying solo home run in the fifth inning off Oliver Perez on Saturday against the Mets, his first in more than a year. He finished 1-for-4. His last home run came on June 10, 2007, at Atlanta when he was with the Chicago Cubs, a span of 197 at-bats.
Barrett raps two hits Thursday
(5/29/2008) Padres C Michael Barrett had two hits, including his first double, and one run in three at-bats Thursday against the Nationals. He also walked once. Barrett is now 3-for-11 (.273) with three RBI in three games since coming off the 15-day DL.
Padres activate C Barrett from DL
(5/25/2008) The Padres activated C Michael Barrett from the 15-day DL on Saturday after he missed 1 1/2 months with a sprained right elbow.
Barrett set to begin rehab Monday
(5/18/2008) Padres C Michael Barrett will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Portland on Monday and later in the week will join Class A Lake Elsinore. Barrett has been on the DL since April 8 with a sprained ligament in his right elbow.
Barrett to know next step Sunday
(5/18/2008) Padres manager Bud Black said he should know for sure on Sunday the plan for injured C Michael Barrett, who threw from behind the plate on Friday for the first time since going on the DL last month. Barrett is likely headed for a rehab assignment at Triple-A Portland early next week.
Barrett throws, to begin rehab soon
(5/16/2008) The Padres got some good news when catcher Michael Barrett threw from behind the plate Friday for the first time since going on the disabled list April 8 after spraining a ligament in his right elbow. He had been catching in the bullpen, taking batting practice and keeping up with his conditioning, but was kept from making throws from behind the plate to the bases until Friday.
Barrett to throw to bases Friday
(5/15/2008) MLB.com reports injured Padres C Michael Barrett (elbow) might be ready for a rehab assignment during the week of May 19-25. "Michael is going to throw to the bases on Friday in Seattle to further test the elbow," Padres manager Bud Black said, "but he's making great strides. With the bat, he's swinging great, so there's no issue swinging the bat at all. Now, it's just an issue of regaining the arm strength and the confidence to make throws."
Barrett to go on rehab assignment
(5/13/2008) Padres C Michael Barrett, bothered by a sprained right elbow ligament, threw before Monday's game at the Cubs and could go on a rehab assignment soon.
Barrett plays catch for two days
(5/4/2008) MLB.com reports injured Padres C Michael Barrett (elbow) played a catch for a second straight day before Sunday's game against the Marlins. "(Sunday) was better then (Saturday)," Barrett said. "I just think it's a confidence thing for me. Four weeks ago, how I was feeling, being tentative, I think that's normal. ... You have to work through that." Padres manager Bud Black caught Barrett Saturday. "It's getting the reps back," Black said. "It was good for him. He's got to pass the test of a progressive throwing program. I think it's still way too early in the rehabilitation of the elbow to plan anything long term. I think we'll get a better indication in a week."
Barrett to miss another 7-10 days
(4/25/2008) Padres C Michael Barrett, on the DL with a sprained right elbow, can swing a bat and catch in the bullpen but won't be cleared to throw for another seven-to-10 days, manager Bud Black said Thursday.
Barrett making some progress
(4/23/2008) MLB.com reports that Michael Barrett (elbow) is still not allowed to throw. He shagged fly balls Monday at Monday at Minute Maid Park in Houston, but underhanded the ball to a teammate to throw back into the infield. He's slated to meet with team physicians in San Diego, where he hopes he will be cleared to resume throwing, which is the next step on his rehabilitation trail. "We won't know for sure until we get back [to San Diego], but my confidence is very good right now," Barrett said. "We'll try to figure out where to go from there."
Michael Barrett needs more DL time
(4/12/2008) The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that Michael Barrett (elbow) is unlikely to throw in the next 10 days, another sign he will not be ready when he is eligible to come off the disabled list April 23.
Barrett won't start rehab after all
(4/12/2008) The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that Padres C Michael Barrett, expected to start rehab on Friday, instead won't throw for another 10 days, according to manager Bud Black. He injured the elbow April 7, when he couldn't make throws to second or even to the pitcher's mound.
Barrett close to rehab start
(4/10/2008) C Michael Barrett is expected to rejoin the Padres on Friday in Los Angeles to begin rehabilitation from an elbow strain.
Barrett placed on 15-day DL
(4/8/2008) San Diego placed catcher Michael Barrett on the 15-day disabled list with a strained ligament in his right elbow before the Padres' game against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night. Catcher Colt Morton was recalled from Double-A San Antonio to take his place on the 25-man roster and is expected to back up Josh Bard.
Barrett injures elbow, to go on DL
(4/8/2008) Padres C Michael Barrett left Monday's game at San Francisco with a strained right elbow and went back to San Diego to have it checked out. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Barrett felt a pop in his elbow, and stress test administered by the Giants doctor suggested he has damage in his ulnar collateral ligament. The Padres won't know the full extent of the damage until Thursday, but they'll place him on the DL on Tuesday. "He was in a great deal of pain," said general manager Kevin Towers.
Bard, Barrett will split at-bats
(3/30/2008) C Josh Bard will start Monday night for the Padres, but the team will use both he and Michael Barrett this season. "We're very fortunate to have two front-line catchers," manager Bud Black said Sunday.
Barrett doubles twice vs. M's
(3/27/2008) Padres C Michael Barrett had two doubles in three at-bats during Thursday's spring game against the Mariners. He is now hitting .394 with seven doubles and seven RBI in 12 spring games.
Barrett raises average to .400
(3/6/2008) Padres C Michael Barrett went 2-for-2 with two runs and one double during Thursday's spring game against the Rockies. He is now hitting .400 (4-for-10) with one double and one RBI in four spring games.
Barrett, Padres avoid arbitration
(12/26/2007) Catcher Michael Barrett and the Padres have agreed to a $3.5 million, one-year contract that avoided salary arbitration. Barrett can make another $750,000 in performance bonuses. He joined the Padres in a trade with the Chicago Cubs in June, became a free agent, then accepted San Diego's offer of arbitration.
Catcher Barrett returning to Padres
(12/8/2007) Catcher Michael Barrett returned to the San Diego Padres when he accepted his club's offer of arbitration.
Padres offer Barrett arbitration
(12/3/2007) San Diego made offers of arbitration to outfielder Mike Cameron and catcher Michael Barrett but declined to offer arbitration to outfielder Milton Bradley. Free agents offered arbitration have until Dec. 7 to accept and are considered signed if they do.
Padres might end up keeping Barrett
(11/30/2007) On Friday, Padres general manager Kevin Towers said he'll likely offer salary arbitration to catcher Michael Barrett, and he expects the player to accept.
Barrett among Padres to file as FA
(11/6/2007) Former Padres Geoff Blum, Doug Brocail, Michael Barrett and outfielder Milton Bradley filed for free agency.
Barrett plates two Thursday
(9/20/2007) Padres C Michael Barrett drove in two runs Thursday against the Pirates with his 17th double. The run-scoring double has been his only hit in his last 13 at-bats.
(9/1/2007) Catcher Michael Barrett was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list on Saturday by the San Diego Padres. The Padres also made two September callups, purchasing the contracts of infielder Brian Myrow and outfielder Brady Clark from Triple-A Portland.
Padres ready to activate Barrett
(8/31/2007) C Michael Barrett (concussion-like symptoms) is expected to be activated against the Dodgers on Saturday.
Barrett begins rehab assignment
(8/29/2007) Michael Barrett (concussion) started a Triple-A rehab assignment Tuesday, going 0-for-3.
Barrett improving from concussion
(8/24/2007) Padres C Michael Barrett has had four straight days of not feeling any ill effects from a concussion he sustained Aug. 10. Team doctors are looking for seven days without negative symptoms before sending Barrett out for a rehab assignment.
Barrett making some progress
(8/23/2007) Padres C Michael Barrett, placed on the 15-day DL on Aug. 11 because of a minor head injury sustained when he slid into second base against the Cincinnati Reds, threw in the infield before the game Thursday night and will soon be ready to go on a rehab assignment, manager Bud Black said. "This was day four of him feeling pretty good," Black said. "To step up activity, he has to feel good for a week."
Barrett sidelined with concussion
(8/12/2007) Manager Bud Black described C Michael Barrett as "a little fuzzy" after Friday's game, which Barrett left with concussionlike symptoms. Barrett, who was hit in the mask with a foul tip last Sunday and had a CT scan before Friday's game, was kneed in the head by Reds SS Alex Gonzalez while sliding into second in the sixth inning Friday night. "We're going to follow the protocol for concussion-related incidents," Black said.
Barrett lands on DL
(8/11/2007) The San Diego Padres placed catcher Michael Barrett on the 15-day disabled list and optioned pitcher Jack Cassel to Triple-A Portland on Saturday. Pitcher Mike Thompson was recalled from Portland, and San Diego also purchased the contract of catcher Pete Laforest from Portland.
Barrett to land on DL
(8/11/2007) The San Diego Padres will place catcher Michael Barrett on the 15-day disabled list Saturday after hurting his head sliding into second base Friday night against the Cincinnati Reds. Barrett, who was acquired from the Chicago Cubs on June 20, suffered a slight head injury while trying to break up a double play in the sixth inning of the Padres' 12-7, 11-inning win. Barrett played the bottom of the sixth before Josh Bard pinch-hit for him in the top of the seventh. He was experiencing concussion-like symptoms, San Diego spokesman Warren Miller said. Manager Bud Black said the Padres will purchase the contract of Pat Laforest from Triple-A Portland to fill Barrett's spot on the roster.
Barrett back behind plate
(8/8/2007) C Michael Barrett was back in the Padres' lineup Wednesday against the Cardinals after missing two games when he was struck in the facemask by a foul ball. He went 1-for-3.
Barrett misses second straight
(8/8/2007) Josh Bard was 2-for-3 with a walk in Tuesday's game at St. Louis and is batting .388 with runners in scoring position. Bard was filling in for Michael Barrett, who missed his second game after a foul ball went off his mask on Sunday.
M. Barrett takes day off
(8/7/2007) C Michael Barrett was a lineup scratch a day at St. Louis Monday after taking a foul tip off his facemask.
Barrett back from suspension
(7/28/2007) Padres manager Bud Black made a smart decision Friday night. He decided that catcher Michael Barrett should serve his one-game suspension with Jake Peavy on the mound. The thinking was that Peavy would probably pitch deep into the game and limit how many substitutions Black would have to make. Peavy allowed one run on four hits in seven innings, as the Padres beat the Astros 9-4. "We were hoping for Jake to pitch deep into the game and keep us from using our bench, and Jake held up his end of the bargain," Black said. "And we scored some runs, so it worked out and didn't require a whole lot of moves."
Barrett serves one-game suspension
(7/27/2007) San Diego Padres catcher Michael Barrett dropped his appeal and decided to serve his one-game suspension Friday, sitting out the team's game against the Houston Astros. The suspension stemmed from his ejection July 22 for arguing a third strike with home plate umpire Chris Guccione. Barrett, who was acquired in a trade with the Cubs in exchange for catcher Rob Bowen and minor league outfielder Kyler Burke June 20, has hit .263 in 23 games with San Diego. "There's no good time but we've got to do it some time," manager Bud Black said. "We didn't want to wait and have this thing drag out."
C Barrett appeals suspension
(7/25/2007) Michael Barrett was in the lineup for Tuesday's game at Colorado after he appealed a one-game suspension and a fine, two days after he was ejected from a game against Philadelphia. He finished 1-for-5 with a double (14), a run scored and a strikeout.
Barrett gets one-game suspension
(7/24/2007) San Diego's Michael Barrett was suspended for one game and fined Tuesday, two days after he was ejected from a game against Philadelphia. Barrett and Padres manager Bud Black were ejected in the fifth inning of San Diego's 9-0 loss after Barrett was called out on strikes by plate umpire Chris Guccione and then argued. Unless appealed, the suspension was to be served Tuesday night at Colorado.
Barrett gets heave-ho
(7/23/2007)The Sports Xchange notes: C Michael Barrett and manager Bud Black were ejected in Sunday's 9-0 loss to Philadelphia after Barrett angrily objected to being called out on strikes by plate umpire Chuck Guccione in the fifth inning. Although Black brushed Guccione, the umpire said it was "unintentional" and "inadvertent."
Barrett has big game vs. NYM
(7/17/2007) Michael Barrett went 3-for-4 with three RBI against the Mets Monday, his best game since coming over in a trade with the Chicago Cubs on June 20.
Barrett not producing for Padres
(6/29/2007)The Sports Xchange reports C Michael Barrett is only 5-for-22 with one RBI since being acquired by the Padres on June 21, meaning he has yet to pay the expected offensive dividends. But Barrett has thrown out three of the eight runners who have challenged his arm, including the game-tying run in the person of Dave Roberts Tuesday in San Francisco. His 37.5 percent success rate compares favorably to the 11.6 percent rate by Padres catchers before Barrett arrived.
Barrett to get most C starts
(6/26/2007) Manager Bud Black plans to use both newly acquired C Michael Barrett and Josh Bard, yet perhaps not evenly. Barrett started Monday night, Bard was set to start Tuesday and Barrett again Wednesday. "It's not going to be 50-50," Black said. "We want to get Mike out there a lot early so he gets comfortable and learns the pitchers. He is a good fit."
Barrett hits second for Padres
(6/24/2007) Marcus Giles, San Diego's 2B and leadoff hitter, got the day off Sunday, prompting manager Bud Black to bat Jose Cruz in the leadoff spot, with Michael Barrett in the No. 2 spot.
Barrett makes Padres debut
(6/22/2007)The Sports Xchange reports Michael Barrett's first game as a Padre didn't exactly go as planned. Barrett went 0-for-4 Thursday afternoon, including striking out three times against Orioles starter Erik Bedard. He also had a passed ball and failed to block a Heath Bell in the dirt that Alberto Castillo had struck out on. Castillo reached first on the wild pitch, which resulted in a two-run inning. "Any time you catch guys for the first time, there's going to be an adjustment," Padres manager Bud Black said. "I'm not worried about Michael at all."
C Barrett to debut on Thursday
(6/21/2007) Manager Bud Black said after Wednesday's game against the Orioles that newly-acquired Michael Barrett would get the start behind the plate catching veteran David Wells in Thursday's series finale, his debut with the Padres.
Cubs C Barrett traded to Padres
(6/20/2007) The Padres acquired Cubs catcher Michael Barrett for reserve catcher Rob Bowen and Class A outfielder Kyler Burke, according to San Diego Union-Tribune. Barrett will likely get most of the starts ahead of current Padres starter Josh Bard.
Barrett to sit again Saturday
(6/15/2007) C Michael Barrett was out of the starting lineup for a second straight game on Thursday against the Mariners, but is scheduled to return Friday against the Padres. Barrett won't catch Saturday's game when Carlos Zambrano starts.
Barrett starts with another starter
(6/14/2007) Michael Barrett insisted his relationship with the pitching staff is fine. Barrett and starter Rich Hill had a lively exchange in the dugout after the top of the fourth inning Tuesday, less than two weeks after a fight with Carlos Zambrano that left the catcher with a black eye and six stitches in his lower lip. "We work really hard together," Barrett said. "I've developed a really good relationship with these guys."
(6/12/2007) Koyie Hill was behind the plate catching Carlos Zambrano. Piniella decided to rest Michael Barrett, thus delaying the reunion of Barrett and Zambrano on the field. Zambrano and Hill seem to have hit it off, so it's hard to tell when or if Barrett will catch Zambrano again. "I'm really comfortable with him and I think he's really comfortable with me," Hill said. "I think it's just a breath of fresh air. He turned the page on some stuff and really focused in on what he needs to do."
Barrett won't catch Z Monday
(6/11/2007) Manager Lou Piniella told the Chicago Sun-Times on Sunday that the team's scheduled middle-of-the-night arrival into Chicago prompted him to give Michael Barrett Monday night's game off. Carlos Zambrano is slated to pitch for the Cubs.
Barrett will not catch Big Z
(6/11/2007) Manager Lou Piniella said RHP Carlos Zambrano and C Michael Barrett will not work as battery mates on Monday night for a makeup game against Houston, adding that his decision has nothing to do with the teammates' fight at Wrigley Field on June 1. Koyie Hill will catch Zambrano, who returned to Chicago for an extra night of rest. Zambrano gave Barrett a black eye and sent him to a hospital for six stitches in his lip after they scrapped in the dugout and in the clubhouse during an 8-5 loss to the Braves. "At some point, we'll reunite the battery mates," Piniella said
Barrett back in the lineup
(6/5/2007) Michael Barrett (lip) was back in the lineup for Monday's game at Milwaukee. He was 1-for-3 with a walk, run scored and strikeout.
Barrett sits out Sunday
(6/3/2007) Cubs C Michael Barrett (lip) sat out his second straight game Sunday vs. Atlanta. He remains day to day.
Barrett doesn't start Saturday
(6/2/2007) Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano blamed himself for Friday's fight with teammate Michael Barrett that started in the dugout, resumed in the clubhouse and left the catcher needing six stitches at a hospital. "It's all my fault," Zambrano said Saturday. "That's all I can say. I feel bad for that." The outburst came during the fifth inning of Friday's 8-5 loss to Atlanta. Barrett wound up with a bruise below his left eye and a cut lower lip. He said he and Zambrano have had their differences, but it never became physical until Friday. He said there's no need for the pitcher to apologize.
Barrett receives busted lip
(6/1/2007) The Chicago Cubs didn't need another team at Wrigley Field on Friday to find an opponent. Carlos Zambrano and catcher Michael Barrett shoved each other in the dugout, then the pitcher busted his teammate's lip in the clubhouse so badly that Barrett wound up in a hospital. Oh yeah, the Cubs lost again, 8-5 to the Atlanta Braves. The scuffle ensued after Barrett made a crucial error in the top of the fifth -- when the Braves plated five runs. Zambrano was seen pointing at his head and yelling at the catcher in the dugout before the bottom half, while Barrett pointed toward the field. There was shoving, and Zambrano cocked his right fist as they were being separated. Manager Lou Piniella said he and several players walked Zambrano back to the clubhouse.
Barrett might receive two-game rest
(5/31/2007) Cubs C Michael Barrett was not in the lineup on Wednesday against the Marlins and might not be on Friday when the Cubs play Atlanta. Piniella said he was "just giving (Barrett) a day off" on Wednesday. On Friday? He simply wants Henry Blanco to catch Carlos Zambrano again. "Henry did a nice job with Zambrano last time, so there's a good possibility he might be catching him on Friday," Piniella said.
Cubs' Barrett gets Saturday off
(5/27/2007) C Michael Barrett got the day off and 3B Aramis Ramirez was set to take Sunday off.
Barrett knocks a run in
(5/25/2007) C Michael Barrett snapped an 0-for-12 slump when he hit an RBI double in the fifth inning of Thursday night's game against San Diego.
Barrett homers in second straight
(5/19/2007) Cubs C Michael Barrett homered for the second straight game against the White Sox Saturday afternoon. He finished 2-for-4 with a strikeout.
Barrett pinch hits Thursday
(5/11/2007) C Michael Barrett, who had made eight straight starts because backup Henry Blanco was nursing a herniated disk in his neck, took a start off Thursday but hit an eighth-inning pinch home run against Pittsburgh. It was Barrett's third career pinch home run.
Barrett cold after HR streak
(5/3/2007) Following a three-game streak where Cubs C Michael Barrett hit homers in each game, he's gone 5-for-28 (.178) with two RBI, one walk and zero runs scored. Barrett's average is down to .247, though he still has four homers and 17 RBI on the year.
Barrett on three-game HR streak
(4/22/2007) Cubs C Michael Barrett went 3-for-4 with two runs, one walk, one homer and two RBI during Sunday's loss to the Cardinals. He now has four homers and 15 RBI on the season, and has hit a homer in his last three games.
Barrett goes yard vs. Cards
(4/21/2007) Cubs C Michael Barrett homered with two outs in the first inning Saturday vs. St. Louis, following singles by Matt Murton and Derek Lee. Barrett went 1-for-4 with the three RBI.
C Barrett smacks second homer
(4/20/2007) C Michael Barrett and 3B Aramis Ramirez backed Rich Hill (3-0) with solo homers, and the Chicago Cubs defeated the Atlanta Braves 3-0 on Thursday night.
Barrett draws two walks
(4/14/2007) Cubs C Michael Barrett went 1-for-2 with a run and two walks during Saturday's 7-0 win over the Reds. He has now drawn six walks this season to go along with five RBI and a .250 average.
Barrett goes 2-for-3 Monday
(4/9/2007) Michael Barrett went 2-for-3 with a double and a two-out RBI against the Astros on Monday.
Barrett gets his homer on Monday
(3/19/2007) Wade Miller has all but won the job as the Chicago Cubs' fifth starting pitcher and got extra help Monday from his teammates at the plate. Michael Barrett hit two home runs and drove in four runs, Aramis Ramirez had a two-run homer and Alfonso Soriano added a solo shot -- his second home run of the spring -- as the Cubs beat the Seattle Mariners 16-4 in a split-squad game. Barrett finished the game 2-for-4 with two runs and four RBI. He is now hitting .294 (10-34) with six runs, three doubles, three homers and nine RBI in 10 spring games.
Barrett hitless in spring debut
(3/1/2007) Cubs C Michael Barrett (groin) went hitless in two at-bats during his team's spring opener against the Giants Thursday.
Barrett ready for spring training rigors
(2/11/2007) Cubs C Michael Barrett (intrascrotal hematoma) missed the final month of the 2006 season after taking a foul ball to the groin. He said he is ready for the rigors of spring training, but the Cubs probably will give him a little more rest than in past seasons when the games start in March.
NL player ranking leaders named
(11/1/2006) MLB's annual player rankings, used to determine draft pick compensation for losing free agents, were released Tuesday by the Elias Sports Bureau. Among the highlights in the NL: 1B Albert Pujols, C Michael Barrett and reliever Billy Wagner repeated at their positions. Chase Utley replaced Mark Loretta at second, and Miguel Cabrera took over from Aramis Ramirez at third. Rafael Furcal replaced Jimmy Rollins at shortstop, Chris Carpenter was the starting pitcher in place of Roy Oswalt and Jason Bay, Matt Holliday and Moises Alou were the top three outfielders, replacing Cabrera, Lance Berkman and Bobby Abreu.
M. Barrett considers return
(9/15/2006) Cubs C Michael Barrett, who needed surgery after he was hit in the groin by a foul tip Sept. 3, went back to the doctor to be examined Thursday after experiencing some pain in the area. Barrett said he's hoping to play again this season but will use a "bulletproof" protective cup before he gets behind the plate again. "It's not something I'd wish on my worst enemy," Barrett said.
Barrett likely done for year
(9/11/2006) C Michael Barrett was back with his teammates during the weekend for the first time since he suffered an intrascrotal hematoma after taking a foul ball to the groin Sept. 4. He likely will be out the rest of the season. "I wouldn't wish this injury on anybody," he said.
M. Barrett joins Cubs
(9/9/2006) C Michael Barrett, on the 15-day DL after surgery to stop bleeding in his scrotum, made the trip to Atlanta with the team but was not at Friday night's game. Barrett, who was born and lives in Atlanta, was expected to be at Turner Field over the weekend.
(9/4/2006) Cubs C Michael Barrett was still in the hospital Monday morning for a follow-up procedure after having surgery Saturday night to stop bleeding in his scrotum. He is on the 15-day DL after getting hit in the groin area by a foul tip on Saturday.
Barrett likely out for season
(9/3/2006) Michael Barrett might miss the rest of the season after he was hit in the groin with a foul tip and underwent surgery. He will miss at least two to three weeks, trainer Mark O'Neal said. "We have to see how he responds with the swelling and then we have to re-evaluate him," O'Neal said. Sunday. The Cubs placed Barrett on the 15-day disabled list Sunday and called up Buck Coats from Triple-A. Barrett was injured by Matt Cain's foul tip in the fifth inning Saturday. He left the game after batting the next half-inning. Barrett went to the emergency room and an ultrasound showed bleeding inside his scrotum. Surgery took less than an hour, O'Neal said. The Cubs started Geovany Soto at catcher. Henry Blanco, the backup catcher, had to play first base for the first time since he was with the Dodgers in 1997.
Barrett takes one in the jewels
(9/3/2006) C Michael Barrett had to leave in the sixth inning Saturday after being hit in the groin with a foul tip.
Barrett works on Cubs C record
(8/28/2006) C Michael Barrett is batting .325 (110-for-338) as a catcher this season. Rick Wilkins holds the single-season franchise record for batting average by a catcher (.300), which was set in 1993.
Michael Barrett goes 0-for-3
(8/24/2006) Michael Barrett (biceps) returned to action on Wednesday and went 0-for-3.
Barrett sits on Tuesday night
(8/23/2006) Michael Barrett (biceps) was out for Tuesday's game against the Phillies. Henry Blanco got the start behind the plate in his absence.
Barrett in need of at bats
(8/22/2006) Michael Barrett, who sat out a third consecutive start with right arm problems as a result of two collisions at the plate in recent weeks, once again fell out of the batting title race because he is short of the required 3.1 plate appearances per team game. He fouled out as a pinch hitter Monday, leaving his average at .326.
Michael Barrett not in lineup
(8/22/2006) Michael Barrett (biceps) was not in the starting lineup on Monday against the Phillies but went 0-for-1 as a pinch hitter.
Barrett suffering from contusion
(8/20/2006) Michael Barrett didn't start his second straight game Sunday vs. St. Louis because of a contusion of the biceps. Cubs manager Dusty Baker says he is day to day. Baker said Barrett got injured on a play at the plate with the Cardinals' David Eckstein on Friday.
Barrett leads Cubs' offense
(8/16/2006) Michael Barrett homered in the sixth Wednesday for the Cubs' lone run.
Barrett to join batting race
(8/8/2006) Michael Barrett is closing in on having enough plate appearances to qualify for the batting title race. Barrett, who is hitting .329, joins Minnesota's Joe Mauer in the American League in bidding to become the first catcher to win a batting title since 1942. "It can be done, but I'm staying focused on the right things right now, which are getting these young pitchers comfortable and ready," Barrett said. "I know that's hard to believe, but I realize this organization is desperate for change and desperate for the future to be here now. Winning the batting title wouldn't be as sweet at getting these guys where they need to be and helping the team."
Barrett touches them all
(7/28/2006) Todd Walker and Michael Barrett hit back-to-back homers, the fourth time Chicago did it this week, and the Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals for the seventh time in 10 games this season, a 5-4 victory Thursday night. Barrett was 2-for-4 in the game.
Barrett goes 4-for-4 at Brewers
(7/10/2006) Cubs C Michael Barrett went 4-for-4 against Milwaukee on Saturday night, tying his career high for the most hits in a game. He set that record on July 2 against the White Sox.
Barrett has career afternoon
(7/2/2006) Michael Barrett was 4-for-5 with a solo home run (9) and three runs scored in Sunday's game against the White Sox. The four hits were a career-high.
Barrett apologizes to A.J.
(6/30/2006) Cubs catcher Michael Barrett apparently apologized to A.J. Pierzynski in the outfield before Friday's game between the White Sox and Cubs and the two were seen shaking hands. Barrett punched Pierzynski in the jaw after the White Sox catcher ran him over at the plate on May 20. Barrett returned Friday from the resulting 10-game suspension. "As far as both of us are concerned, it's over with and hopefully we can move on," Pierzynski told two Chicago reporters without giving details of the conversation. "It takes a man to come up and say what he said, and that's it." There was no carry-over from the first intercity series six weeks ago. Barrett went 1-for-4 in the game.
Barrett ready for Friday return
(6/29/2006) Cubs C Michael Barrett sat out the final game of his 10-game suspension for punching White Sox C A.J. Pierzynski last month and will return when the teams open their second interleague series Friday at Wrigley Field. "I just reacted," Barrett said Wednesday, looking back on his punch that set off a brawl May 20. "Like I said, I'm not happy about what happened. ... You know we all make mistakes, we all do things that certainly when you look back on, hindsight is 20-20. But it's time to move on and play baseball."
Barrett ready for Friday return
(6/28/2006) Michael Barrett's 10-game suspension for punching A.J. Pierzynski ends Friday just in time for the Cubs' catcher to play in what promises to be an emotionally charged rematch with the White Sox. "I just reacted," Barrett said Wednesday, looking back on his punch that set off a brawl May 20. "Like I said, I'm not happy about what happened. ... You know we all make mistakes, we all do things that certainly when you look back on, hindsight is 20-20. But it's time to move on and play baseball."
C Barrett to return Friday
(6/26/2006) Michael Barrett (suspension) is eligible to return for the weekend series vs. the Chicago. Henry Blanco will continue to get starts in Barrett's place until then and might start one over the weekend, too.
Barrett's suspension upheld
(8:34 pm ET) Chicago Cubs catcher Michael Barrett's 10-game suspension for punching the White Sox's A.J. Pierzynski was upheld by Major League Baseball on Monday. Barrett's suspension began with Monday night's interleague game against the Indians. He will be eligible to play again June 30 against the White Sox. "I'm disappointed, but there's nothing we can do about it," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. The Cubs will not add a player to the roster during the suspension. Henry Blanco will see the majority of playing time behind the plate. Phil Nevin, who subbed at catcher for one inning on Sunday, will be the backup.
Barrett will begin sentence
(12:57 pm ET) Henry Blanco caught his third consecutive game for Michael Barrett, who has a sore back and is expected to begin serving a suspension for punching the White Sox's A.J. Pierzynski this week. Barrett, who was suspended 10 games, had an appeal hearing on Friday. Manager Dusty Baker said the Cubs don't plan to add another catcher. "(John) Mabry's been a backup catcher, but (Phil) Nevin's done more catching. If something happens, I could have Nevin for the remainder of the day and then get somebody the next day," Baker said.
Barrett out again on Sunday
(3:03 am ET) Michael Barrett missed his third straight start on Sunday against the Tigers due to his sore back. On a side note, he is expected to begin serving his 10-game suspension as soon as the appeal comes down.
Barrett sits again Saturday
(6/17/2006) Henry Blanco started his second straight game at catcher, with Michael Barrett nursing a sore back. Barrett sat out Friday because of his back and a lengthy pre-game hearing for his appeal of a 10-game suspension for punching the White Sox's A.J. Pierzynski.
Barrett's appeal heard Monday
(6/16/2006) Chicago's Henry Blanco, starting at catcher Friday while Michael Barrett's appeal of a suspension was heard, had an RBI single in the second and hit his first home run of the season, a solo shot in the fourth.
Barrett's appeal on Friday
(6/15/2006) Michael Barrett's appeal hearing for his 10-game suspension is scheduled for Friday in Chicago before officials of Major League Baseball. Barrett was suspended May 26, six days after he punched the White Sox's A.J. Pierzynski in the jaw after a home plate collision, triggering a brawl. Barrett is hoping to get the penalty reduced.
Barrett decision may come Friday
(6/14/2006) C Michael Barrett said Friday is a potential date for him to finally have his appeal of a 10-game suspension heard by MLB officials. Barrett was suspended May 26 for his role in a brawl with the White Sox six days earlier when he punched his catching counterpart A.J. Pierzynski. Manager Dusty Baker said the Cubs have discussed several roster moves in anticipation of losing Barrett.
(6/12/2006) The Cubs are in no hurry to have Michael Barrett's suspension finalized. But it's been more than three weeks since he punched White Sox slugger A.J. Pierzynski in a game. Barrett received a 10-game suspension and is appealing it, but the Cubs have yet to hear an appeal date for the catcher. "It's out of my hands," Barrett said. "It's one of those things that I've never gone through. I just have to focus more and more on on-field activities and try to put the whole thing behind me and move on." Barrett is hot at the plate right now. After hitting a grand slam in Saturday's 4-2 victory over Cincinnati, he was batting .400 for the first nine games of the road trip. He went 1-for-5 Sunday.
Barrett hits seventh-inning slam
(6/11/2006) All Michael Barrett wanted was a routine hit to break a scoreless tie. With one graceful swing, he got a whole lot more. Barrett's grand slam in the seventh inning sent Carlos Zambrano and the Cubs to a 4-2 victory Saturday over the Cincinnati Reds, who had trouble getting Chicago's catcher out for the second consecutive night. All Michael Barrett wanted was a routine hit to break a scoreless tie. With one graceful swing, he got a whole lot more. "What can I say?" Barrett said. "Those things happen when you least expect them."
Barrett's appeal still up in air
(6/5/2006) Michael Barrett's appeal of his 10-game suspension for punching A.J. Pierzynski is still pending. In order for his suspension to begin, one of two things have to happen: 1. He can drop the appeal and serve the 10 games immediately ... or 2. League officials hear his appeal and decide on a reduced penalty and he begins serving that. Neither of these eventualities is imminent. Appeals are heard when teams are in New York for series, generally. The Cubs are not there until after the All-Star break, so something could happen on the Cubs' next off day June 12.
Michael Barrett takes Tuesday off
(5/31/2006) Cubs C Michael Barrett was given the night off on Tuesday vs. the Reds because of a heavy workload in recent weeks. Barrett is still awaiting a hearing date for his appeal of a 10-game suspension for hitting White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski on May 20. Henry Blanco took his place.
Barrett playing through appeal
(5/26/2006) Cubs catcher Michael Barrett, appealing a 10-game suspension handed out Friday for punching White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski and setting off a melee last week, had two hits, including an RBI double Fridays loss to the Atlanta Braves.
Barrett suspended for 10 games
(5/26/2006) Chicago Cubs catcher Michael Barrett was suspended for 10 games and Chicago White Sox outfielder Brian Anderson five games for a bench-clearing brawl that led to four ejections on May 19. White Sox third base coach Joey Cora was suspended two games and fined, while White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who was the recipient of a Barrett punch, was just fined for the incident during the interleague game on Saturday. Cubs 1B John Mabry was neither fined nor suspended.
Barrett goes 2-for-4
(5/24/2006) Cubs C Michael Barrett went 2-for-4 with a run scored Wednesday at Florida. He's 4 for his last 8 with a homer, an RBI and three runs scored.
Barrett homers, triples at FLA
(5/24/2006) Cubs C Michael Barrett hit a triple and home run in Tuesday's game against Florida. Barrett is tied with Ronny Cedeno for the lead in triples with three and is also tied with Aramis Ramirez for the team RBI lead with 21.
Barrett to leave appeal to Baker
(5/23/2006) Michael Barrett and A.J. Pierzynski are awaiting a decision on their probable suspension. They are more inclined to talk about that than offer up any apologies to each other at this point. Barrett told the Chicago Tribune he will let manager Dusty Baker decide whether he appeals to delay the ban. "It depends, really, on what Dusty thinks is best," Barrett told the paper. "I'll go to him for the answer as soon as they hand it to me. I'll ask him, 'Do you feel like it's something I should take now or take later, or take a chance (on a reduction)?' It's probably something I'm going to have to trust him with."
Barrett could appeal suspension
(5/22/2006) Michael Barrett will be suspended for his weekend altercation, but he could appeal and delay it for awhile.
Michael Barrett comes through
(5/21/2006) Michael Barrett, booed for his punch that set off a melee the day before, delivered a game-tying triple in the eighth Sunday as the Cubs rallied and beat the White Sox 7-4 to avert a sweep.
Barrett tossed after brawl
(5/20/2006) A.J. Pierzynski barreled over Cubs catcher Michael Barrett, who got up, grabbed the White Sox catcher and punched him in the jaw, starting a bench-clearing melee in the second inning that led to four ejections Saturday. As Pierzynski went back to the dugout, he raised his hands in the air as a soldout crowd at U.S. Cellular Field roared and then began slapping hands with his teammates. Pierzynski, Barrett, Brian Anderson and John Mabry were all ejected. After the skirmish, the game was delayed nearly 15 minutes as umpires tried to sort out who would be ejected.
Barrett gets cleanup spot time
(5/17/2006) Manager Dusty Baker shook up his slumping team's lineup again Tuesday. He put matt Murton in the second spot for the first time this season and then changed it again before the game, moving Michael Barrett into the cleanup role, Aramis Ramirez one spot down into fifth, John Mabry from fifth to seventh, and Jacque Jones from seventh to sixth.
Barrett homers against San Fran
(5/10/2006) C Michael Barrett hit a solo home run in the second inning against San Francisco on Tuesday night, and it marked his first RBI since driving in three against St. Louis on April 21. Barrett leads the team with 19 RBIs.
Barrett slumps recently
(5/8/2006) Michael Barrett -- who leads the team with 18 RBI -- hasn't driven in a run since April 21.
Barrett back in starting lineup
(5/1/2006) Michael Barrett started and hit sixth after missing three starts with a sprained middle finger. He walked in a pinch-hit appearance Saturday.
Barrett able to pinch hit
(4/30/2006) Michael Barrett did not play Saturday because of a jammed finger, but did pinch-hit in the seventh inning and walked.
Barrett remains sidelined
(4/28/2006) Michael Barrett (jammed middle finger on his left hand) was unable to play in Friday's game against the Brewers. He did take some batting practice on Friday and said he hoped to be back in the lineup on Saturday.
Barrett has sprained finger
(4/28/2006) C Michael Barrett, who is day-to-day with a sprained left middle finger, said he jammed the finger with a headfirst slide into second base in Tuesday night's game against Florida. "I hate to say that I'll never do it again -- never say never -- but I will think twice before trying a headfirst slide," Barrett said. He said the finger hurts more when he is catching than hitting.
X-rays negative for Barrett
(4/26/2006) Michael Barrett (finger) had X-rays on his jammed right middle finger and they were returned negative. He got Wednesday's afternoon game against the Marlins off in favor of Henry Blanco, which would have been a scheduled day off anyway.
Barrett jams his middle finger
(4/26/2006) Michael Barrett suffered a jammed left middle finger while sliding into second base on a double in the seventh inning on Wednesday against the Marlins. He was able to remain in the game and finish up behind the plate.
Michael Barrett hits three-run bomb
(4/21/2006) Barrett went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI at St. Louis Friday. He also hit a double.
Barrett moved to the No. 7 spot
(4/20/2006) C Michael Barrett, who last week moved up to cleanup in the lineup and leads the team in RBIs, was moved down to seventh on Wednesday night against the Dodgers because he has been in a small slump this week. He went 1-for-4, coming up with an RBI single in the Cubs' game-winning, eighth-inning rally.
Cubs' Barrett gets rare day off
(4/13/2006) Michael Barrett got the day off Thursday. Henry Blanco (.200) started in his place and went 1-for-3.
Barrett drives in three more
(4/12/2006) Michael Barrett was 1-for-3 with a sacrifice fly and three RBI in Wednesday's game against Cincinnati, as he pulled into the lead in the National League with 13 runs batted in.
(4/11/2006) Michael Barrett homered in the ninth Tuesday, his third hit of the game and third homer of the season.
Barrett's slam sinks the Cards
(4/10/2006) Michael Barrett rapped his second-career grand slam in Sunday's game against the Cardinals, as he took closer Jason Isringhausen deep with the sacks jammed full of Cubs. "The one thing I like about this team is as great as it was, as funs as it was, there's no real celebrating what happened (Sunday)," Barrett said. "It means we're focused and moving on."
Barrett enjoying great spring
(3/29/2006) Michael Barrett homered leading off the ninth inning Tuesday. Barrett, who had three hits, connected on a 3-2 pitch off Stephen Kahn and is now hitting .391 this spring.
Barrett hits three-run home run
(3/25/2006) Michael Barrett hit a three-run home run and drove in six runs to help a Chicago Cubs split squad beat the Kansas City Royals 9-4 on Saturday. Barrett homered in the first inning off Runelvys Hernandez with Neifi Perez and Aramis Ramirez aboard. Barrett added a two-run single in the fourth. His single in the sixth scored Michael Restovich.
Barrett plays first game since WBC
(3/19/2006) Cubs catcher Michael Barrett played in his first game since returning from the World Baseball Classic on Sunday. Barrett was 0-for-2. He and first baseman Derrek Lee both played for Team USA. Lee said he would like to play Tuesday, but the Cubs may hold him out until later in the week because he bruised his left shoulder diving for a ball against Japan last Sunday.
Derrek Lee needs shoulder to heal
(3/18/2006) Cubs 1B Derrek Lee and C Michael Barrett will rejoin the team Saturday after playing for the U.S. in the World Baseball Classic. Barrett is expected to start Saturday against the White Sox, while Lee will get some time off as he deals with a bruised left shoulder sustained in the Classic.
(3/17/2006) The Cubs' two top catchers should return to the team this weekend. Henry Blanco, part of Team Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic, and Michael Barrett, who represented the United States, both played for teams that were eliminated in the tournament's second round. They know most of the pitchers on the staff, but they need to get in sync with newcomers Bobby Howry and Scott Eyre.
Barrett makes Team USA 30-man roster
(2/15/2006) Michael Barrett (Team USA) and Henry Blanco (Venezuela) won't be in camp with the Cubs during the World Baseball Classic. "It won't be the same without them, but it will give (Jose Reyes and Geovany Soto) a chance to get a lot of work with the major-league staff, and that can only help them in the future," Cubs GM Jim Hendry told the Chicago Tribune. Soto, 23, hit .253 in 91 games at Triple-A Iowa last year. Reyes, who turns 22 this month, hit .257 at Double-A West Tenn last year.
Barrett off the board in Round 8
(2/9/2006) In CBS SportsLine.com's NL-only experts 5x5 Rotisserie draft, Cubs C Michael Barrett was selected with the third pick in the eighth round (87th overall).
NL Silver Sluggers named
(11/1/2005) Los Angeles second baseman Jeff Kent, who won for the Silver Slugger Award for the fourth time Monday, was the only member of the NL team to have previously won the award.
Barrett returns to Cubs' lineup
(9/21/2005) Cubs C Michael Barrett returned to the starting lineup Tuesday. He had been out since Sept. 14 when he was hit in the head with a pitch. He went 1-for-3 with a walk.
Barrett remains out of lineup
(9/19/2005) Cubs C Michael Barrett, who missed Thursday's game after being hit in the head by a pitch from Cincinnati's Matt Belisle on Wednesday night, was out of the lineup throughout the weekend.
M. Barrett sits Friday
(9/16/2005) Cubs C Michael Barrett, who missed Thursday's game after being hit in the head by a pitch from Cincinnati's Matt Belisle on Wednesday night, was out of the lineup again on Friday. A CT scan on Thursday showed no damage. But Baker said he went for more tests on Friday. "They're not worried about him getting hit with a thrown ball," Baker said. "They're more worried about him getting hit with a foul tip, which catchers tend to get quite a bit, so they didn't want to take a chance."
Barrett's head should be fine
(9/16/2005) Michael Barrett, who was hit in the helmet by a pitch from Cincinatti's Matt Belisle on Wednesday night, said a CT scan showed no damage and that he was OK. Barrett, out of the lineup Thursday against the Cardinals, admitted that he was still lightheaded and a bit uncoordinated after a sleepless night. "It was the first time I'd been hit in the head and I didn't know how to react," said Barrett, who stayed on the ground for a couple of minutes.
Barrett's streak hits eight
(7/21/2005) C Michael Barrett singled in his first at-bat Wednesday and then went 2-for-5 Thursday, extending his hitting streak to eight games.
Barrett back behind the dish
(7/18/2005) Michael Barrett (hip) was able to start Sunday's series finale against the Pirates. He was 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Barrett still nursing hip injury
(7/16/2005) Michael Barrett is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Pirates as he is still nagged by a sore hip. "It's not something I can't play with," Barrett said. "Playing [Friday] helped. The only problem I'm having is getting out of the box running. But getting movement in that joint, especially catching, helps it. I expect to be 100 percent [Sunday]."
Barrett gets three hits
(6/10/2005) Michael Barrett went 3-for-4 against Boston Friday and pushed his average over .300.
Barrett back in the lineup
(5/23/2005) Michael Barrett (shoulder) is back in the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Astros.
Barrett could start Monday
(5/23/2005) The Chicago Tribune notes that Michael Barrett said his arm felt 100 percent Sunday and manager Dusty Baker hopes he'll be ready to start against Houston either Monday or Tuesday.
Barrett having shoulder woes
(5/22/2005) C Michael Barrett didn't play again Sunday because of a sore shoulder, but Baker hopes he'll be ready by next week. With Henry Blanco starting, Jose Macias is the emergency catcher.
Barrett's return date unclear
(5/22/2005) Michael Barrett (shoulder) was unable to play over the weekend against the White Sox and the team is unsure when he will be able to play. "We're trying to not put Michael on the [disabled list] because he could be good in three days, and then we lose him for the next 11 days," manager Dusty Baker told the Chicago Tribune. "So we're hoping Michael gets better over this weekend."
M. Barrett unable to go
(5/22/2005) Michael Barrett (shoulder) was out of the lineup against the White Sox Saturday.
Barrett unable to go Friday
(5/20/2005) Michael Barrett (shoulder) was not in the starting lineup Friday against the White Sox. He remains day to day.
Barrett leaves Wednesday's game
(5/18/2005) Michael Barrett was unable to play in the bottom of the ninth inning at Pittsburgh on Tuesday due to stiffness in his throwing shoulder.
(4/20/2005) Michael Barrett was 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's game at Cincinnati.
Barrett continues to scuffle
(4/19/2005) Michael Barrett was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Monday's game at Cincinnati, as his woes at the plate continue.
Barrett hitless streak reaches 17
(4/17/2005) The Cubs' Michael Barrett went 0-for-3 and is now hitless in 17 at-bats. He was rested Sunday.
Michael Barrett able to go
(8/24/2004) Barrett (thumb) was in the starting lineup on Monday against the Brewers.
Barrett dealing with sore thumb
(8/23/2004) The Chicago Sun-Times notes that Michael Barrett left Sunday's game at Houston in the sixth inning to rest his sore thumb. "My thumb was irritated going into the game and (Kerry) Woody's stuff just kept wearing my thumb out. It was precautionary, getting ready for (Carlos) Zambrano's sinker (Monday)," said Barrett.
Barrett having career year
(8/15/2004) Michael Barrett was 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's game against the Dodgers.
Michael Barrett breaks slump
(7/2/2004) Barrett went 2-for-3 with a sacrifice fly on Thursday against the White Sox. He had been mired in a 4-for-43 slump over the past 11 games.
Michael Barrett hits leadoff
(6/21/2004) Barrett hit leadoff on Sunday, ahead of Todd Walker, mainly because the Cubs were facing a lefty. "Michael's been hitting everything, and it's where I thought he could help the most," Dusty Baker told the Chicago Sun-Times. "It's about what I think is best on that day."
Barrett hits pinch-hit slam
(5/29/2004) Michael Barrett went 1-for-2 with a grand slam at Pittsburgh Friday.
Barrett smacks two homers
(5/22/2004) Michael Barrett went 2-for-5 with two solo home runs against St. Louis Friday.
Barrett triples in debut
(4/6/2004) Michael Barrett was 2-for-4 with a triple, run scored and RBI in Monday's opener at Cincinnati.
Barrett the clear starter
(3/25/2004) Michael Barrett will be the Cubs' starting catcher, with Paul Bako backing him up. "You know that we got Michael Barrett to be our primary catcher," Dusty Baker told the Arlington Heights Daily Herald, clearing up any speculation about Barrett's playing time.
Barrett in the lineup
(3/10/2004) Michael Barrett (shoulder) was in the lineup for Wednesday's game. He was 0-for-2.
Michael Barrett is hurting
(3/9/2004) Barrett is sidelined with a sore right shoulder.
Barrett traded to A's, then Cubs
(12/16/2003) Montreal traded Michael Barrett to the Athletics for a player to be named Monday. Then Oakland traded Barrett to the Cubs for another player to be named on Tuesday.
Expos activate Michael Barrett
(9/11/2003) Barrett (hip, finger) was activated from the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday.
Barrett might return on Friday
(9/9/2003) Michael Barrett (finger) said he will likely be activated from the 15-day disabled list on Friday.
Barrett close to returning
(9/8/2003) The Montreal Gazette notes that Michael Barrett (finger) says he is close to being ready to play. His cast is removed and he has caught some bullpen sessions and live batting practice. He might be activated on Tuesday.
Barrett is out for four weeks
(8/13/2003) Michael Barrett will have a cast on his fractured finger or three weeks, then go on a week-long rehab assignment before returning to the Expos, according to the Montreal Gazette.
Barrett breaks finger at rehab
(8/11/2003) Michael Barrett suffered a broken left index finger at Triple-A Edmonton on Saturday.
Barrett begins rehab assignment
(8/9/2003) Michael Barrett (hip) started a rehab assignment with Triple-A Edmonton.
Barrett placed on 15-day DL
(7/29/2003) The Expos placed Michael Barrett on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained right hip flexor. The move is retroactive to July 27.
Michael Barrett injured
(7/28/2003) Barrett left Saturday's game due to a hip flexor injury according to the Montreal Gazette. He is expected to miss a few days.
Barrett's finger still hurting
(6/2/2003) The Montreal Gazette says Michael Barrett is still having trouble bending his right index finger. "Currently, (Brian Schneider) is our best option against right-handers and against some left-handers," manager Frank Robinson said.
Barrett ready to return
(5/27/2003) The Montreal Gazette says Michael Barrett is ready to return from a finger injury.
(5/24/2003) Barrett (finger) missed his fourth consecutive game on Friday. Brian Schneider replaced him in the starting lineup.
Barrett out until the weekend?
(5/23/2003) Manager Frank Robinson told the Montreal Gazette that it might be the weekend before Michael Barrett (bruised right index finger) can return to the lineup. "We could use [him] in an emergency, but it will probably be two or three days before he's back behind the plate," Robinson said.
Montreal's Barrett still out
(5/22/2003) Michael Barrett (finger) missed his second consecutive game on Wednesday. The Montreal Gazette says he might not return until the weekend. "My style is to wait an extra day," Robinson said. "We could use Barrett in an emergency, but it will probably be two or three days before he's back behind the plate."
Barrett sidelined by finger injury
(5/20/2003) Michael Barrett missed Tuesday's game due to a bruised right index finger.
Slumping Barrett leaves Puerto Rico
(4/21/2003) The Montreal Gazette notes Michael Barrett had one hit in 19 at-bats in a 10-game "homestand" in Puerto Rico.
(8/2/2002) Barrett returned to the lineup on Thursday after missing six straight starts because of a bruised left forearm. He singled once in three at-bats.
(8/1/2002) Barrett missed his sixth straight game Wednesday because of a forearm injury. He remains day to day. Brian Schneider replaced Barrett in the starting lineup. Monitor Barrett's status in the next few days. He might be headed for a stint on the disabled list.
(7/31/2002) Barrett missed his fifth consecutive game Tuesday because of a forearm injury. He remains day to day. Brian Schneider replaced Barrett in the starting lineup.
(7/29/2002) Barrett missed his fourth straight game Sunday because of a bruised left forearm and is day to day. Consider reserving Barrett this week. Brian Schneider will start in his place.
(7/27/2002) Barrett missed his second straight start Friday because of a bruised left forearm. He is day to day. Brian Schneider started in his absence.
(7/23/2002) Barrett (forearm) returned to action on Monday. He went 1-for-3 with a home run in Montreal's 5-2 loss to the N.Y. Mets. If Barrett is on your roster, be sure to activate him in daily leagues.
(5/15/2002) Barrett has cooled off after a hot start, and he is hitting .091 during the past week. Despite his slump, Barrett will still be a quality catcher in NL-only leagues.
(5/9/2002) Barrett got his first major-league start at first base, replacing a slumping Lee Stevens. Barrett will become even more valuable should he become eligible as a first baseman, as well as his primary position of catcher.
(4/16/2002) Barrett (hip) played in Tuesday's game against the Chicago Cubs. He went 0-for-2 with three walks in Montreal's 8-4 vctory.
(4/16/2002) Barrett (hip) missed Monday's game against the Chicago Cubs. Barrett, who was replaced in the starting lineup by Brian Schneider, remains day to day.
(4/15/2002) The Montreal Gazette says Barrett (hip) was available for emergency catching duty on Sunday and is expected to play on Monday. Keep him in your active lineup.
(4/14/2002) Barrett (hip) missed Sunday's game against the New York Mets. Barrett, who was replaced in the starting lineup by Brian Schneider, remains day to day.
(4/14/2002) Barrett left Saturday's game with a hip strain. His current status is day to day.
(3/14/2001) The Montreal Gazette reports Manager Felipe Alou has been impressed with Barrett this spring, and is comfortable with him behind the plate. But Barrett has made noticeable improvements on defense and in working with pitchers. His offense may still need some work. "We're not even going to talk about his hitting," Alou said. "He's going to bat eighth, which is not the best spot with the pitcher behind you - but (Orlando) Cabrera was hitting eighth and he learned a lot."
(9/28/2000) Barrett was back in the lineup for the Expos Wednesday and batted 1-for-3. He has been suffering from an elbow injury for over a month now, missing most of the Exposgames. Barrett wont be much help to a Fantasy team in these final games.
(9/25/2000) Barrett pinch-hit Sunday and should be starting behind the plate soon. He has not started since September 2nd.
(9/21/2000) Barrett finally took batting practice after being inactive for a week with a sore elbow. He should be back in the lineup by the end of the week.
(9/18/2000) Had his ailing and inflamed right elbow examined in Montreal on Thursday. He is still considered day-to-day.
(9/15/2000) Barrett is suffering from an elbow injury and is listed as day-to-day. He will be replaced by Yohanny Valera and Brian Schneider at catcher.
(8/14/2000) Recalled from Triple-A on Friday. Barrett will serve as the Expos' starting catcher, due to their waiver trade of Chris Widger earlier this week. This means that he should easily reach the 20-game limit to qualify at C in fantasy leagues for 2001. It has been basically a lost year for Barrett thus far, but hopefully this permanent move behind the plate will set his mind at ease somewhat.
(8/4/2000) Was sent down to Triple-A late Wednesday. Barrett will begin catching every day in preparation to take over the job with the Expos. This means that Chris Widger will be reduced to part-time status once Barrett returns. No timetable has been set for his return. This year has been basically a lost season for Barrett. He gains additional fantasy value becoming eligible at C, however.
(8/2/2000) Will see regular time behind the plate for the rest of the year. GM Jim Beattie said of Barrett: "He's going to be catching more often for the rest of the season. His time at third base is going to be very limited." This will increase Barrett's value for next year as soon as he plays 20 games at C. However, let's hope for his sake that the Expos decide to leave him at one position for 2001.
(6/14/2000) Montreal has recalled Barrett from Triple-A Ottawa, while infielder Trace Coquillette was optioned to Ottawa.
(5/14/2000) Optioned to Triple-A Ottawa to work on his offensive and defensive struggles. Andy Tracy will get a chance to play with Barrett out.
(4/20/2000) Went 3-for-3 Tuesday night to break an 0-for-17 cold streak. Barrett went into the game batting .067 for the year. He missed two games last week because of his batting and fielding problems, but he'll continue to be the everyday third baseman for the Expos. "He's going to be all right," Felipe Alou said of Barrett.
(4/12/2000) Was given the weekend off after making six errors in his first five games at 3B and hitting only .118. Barrett was back in the lineup Tuesday night. The Expos wanted him to just relax and clear his head. Barrett admits that he was trying to do too much, both at the plate and in the field. He also admitted feeling relief not being in the lineup and just watching the game.
(9/3/1999) Montreal 3B Michael Barrett has hit in 10 straight games and is batting .436 (17-for-39) during that span.
(7/10/1999) Expos rookie Michael Barrett began a three-game rehab assignment with Triple-A Ottawa on Friday and went 3-for-4 with two RBIs in the Lynx's 14-5 win over Louisville. He will rejoin the Expos immediately following the All-Star break.
(7/8/1999) Expos rookie 3B/C Michael Barrett participated in batting practice and is expected to start a rehab assignment this week. He should return shortly after the All-Star break.
(6/24/1999) Michael Barrett has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised shoulder. There is no timetable on his return.
(4/6/1999) Word out of Montreal is that Barrett is now the third basemen for the Expos. He is the next great player for the Expos who will probably be on another team soon. If you do not have an elite third baseman, you would be wise to pick this kid up.
(12/28/1998) Has played several positions in the minors, including shortstop. Barrett may eventually fit in as a infielder or catcher. For now, he may see minimal playing time at multiple positions, and will display a little power and speed.