Cubs place reliever Tony Barnette on restricted list as he contemplates future


Reliever Tony Barnette has made just two appearances in a Cubs uniform, but his future with the team is now in question.

Monday, general manager Jed Hoyer told reporters in Pittsburgh that the Cubs placed Barnette on the restricted list. Hoyer said that Barnette is “reevaluating things with his family right now,” according to The Athletic’s Patrick Mooney.

Barnette, 35, signed a one-year deal with the Cubs in the offseason, but he missed the start of the 2019 season with right shoulder inflammation. Based on Hoyer’s quotes, it’s possible that Barnette is evaluating whether he wants to pitch in the minor leagues at this stage of his career.

The Cubs called Barnette up on June 23 after he threw 9 1/3 straight scoreless innings with Triple-A Iowa. After allowing a run on two hits in 1 1/3 innings, the Cubs sent Barnette back to Iowa on June 27. He spent the 2016-18 seasons with the Rangers after pitching in Japan from 2010-15.

With Barnette on the restricted list, the Cubs now have two open spots on their 40-man roster.

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