Cubs activate Barney from 15-day DL

The Chicago Cubs activated second baseman Darwin Barney from the

15-day disabled list before the team opened a three-game series

against the Texas Rangers.

The Cubs also claimed infielder Cody Ransom off waivers from the

San Diego Padres, and added relievers Kevin Gregg and Kameron Loe

to the active roster.

To make room, the Cubs designated second baseman Brent

Lillibridge and reliever Hisanori Takahashi for assignment, and

optioned right-hander Rafael Dolis to Triple-A Iowa.

Barney missed the Cubs’ first 12 games of the season after

suffering a lacerated left knee late in spring training.

Lillibridge played in nine games for the Cubs and had one hit in 24

at-bats.

Ransom appeared in five games for San Diego and was hitless in

11 at-bats.

The Cubs hope those moves will help their defense and a

struggling bullpen, problems president of baseball operations Theo

Epstein is confident won’t be as troublesome when Wrigley Field

undergoes a $500 million renovation.

”We need revenues to increase in order for us to execute our

baseball plan,” Epstein said. ”We expect them to.”

Chicago entered Tuesday with a 4-8 record.

”We are off to a slower start than we would’ve liked,” Epstein

said. ”Some sloppy play that we need to eradicate sooner than

later.”

Gregg spent spring training with the Los Angeles Dodgers and has

experience as a closer, including saving 23 games for the Cubs in

2009.

Loe was claimed off waivers on Sunday from the Seattle Mariners

and has a 1-1 record and 10.80 ERA in four appearances.

Takahashi was in his first season with the Cubs and had a 6.00

ERA in three appearances. Dolis was called up Saturday and pitched

a scoreless one-third of an inning.

The Cubs are already on their third closer after struggles by

Carlos Marmol and a forearm injury to Kyuji Fujikawa.

Entering Tuesday, the Cubs’ bullpen had blown four of seven save

opportunities.

”It’s always bad when you can’t close out games, I don’t think

there’s any question about that,” Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer

said. ”I think that, if you want to look for a silver lining,

we’ve been in a lot of games and we should have won more of

them.”