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Cubs Release Davis; Activate Barney

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To make room for the return of second baseman Darwin Barney from the disabled list the Chicago Cubs have released starter Doug Davis.

Just last night Davis was lit up by the San Francisco Giants.  The left hander allowed 12 hits and 10 earned runs over his 4.1 innings of work.  The horrendous start was apparently the last straw for the Cubs.

Davis has struggled all season with Chicago, producing ERAs north of 6 in May and June.  In only 2 of his 9 starts this year has Davis been able to log more than 5 innings.  His numbers have reflected his effort as the 35 year old is 1-7 on the year with a 6.50 ERA and WHIP of 1.86.

Barney has been on the DL since the middle of June while suffering from a sprained left knee.  He sustained the injury when he slid into home plate on the 13th of this month against the Milwaukee Brewers.

The 25 year old has performed well in his first season as the Cubs everyday second baseman.  Before hitting the disabled list, Barney was able to maintain a .294 batting average while scoring 34 runs and driving in another 25.

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