“I thought we were going to have a midseason baby and not an Opening Day baby,” Barnhart said. “Things kind of changed along with a lot of other things with the pandemic. We’re super excited. Benson is a stud. He’s chill. She sleeps most of the day. He eats. Typical newborn.”
Barnhart returned from the paternity list Tuesday and made his first start of the season Wednesday. He went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a walk as the Reds ended a four-game losing streak with a 12-5 victory against the Cubs.
Mike Moustakas, Nick Senzel and Nick Castellanos all hit home runs for the Reds. Sonny Gray struck out 11 and didn’t allow an earned run in 6 2/3 innings.
The bullpen struggled again. Brooks Raley gave up three runs without getting an out. Cody Reed gave up a two-run home run in the ninth.
Barnhart didn’t consider not returning to the Reds despite the COVID-19 problems he saw hitting the Miami Marlins and the scare the Reds received the weekend he was gone with Matt Davidson testing positive and two other players, Moustakas and Senzel, getting sick but testing negative.
Barnhart’s family remained in Indiana when he returned to Cincinnati.
“I definitely wanted to stay home,” Barnhart said. “My job is here, though. I want to play ball. I’m a baseball player. It’s my job. I’m taking even more precautions now than I was.”
NOTES: Manager David Bell announced Thursday the Reds put Wade Miley on the 10-day injured list with a groin injury. Anthony DeSclafani will come off the injured list to take Miley’s place in the rotation Saturday when the Reds play in Detroit. Tyler Mahle will remain in the rotation and start Sunday.