Stuck in an 0-for-20 slump over the past seven games, Chicago Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney was given the day off on Wednesday as his average has dipped to .147.

"It's just confidence as much as anything," manager Dale Sveum said before Wednesday's game with the St. Louis Cardinals. "It's just understanding your job is to hit the ball hard and not try and do something with it every at-bat. Just get a good pitch and hit it hard instead of trying to hit it to this field or that field. Have one mindset and that's hit the ball as hard as you can."

Sveum worked with Barney before regular batting practice for the team on Wednesday morning.

"It was nice to just bring him out today and just let him hit and not think about any mechanics," Sveum said.

Barney is a Gold Glove winner and hoped to raise his batting average and on-base percentage after a mediocre 2012 season at the plate. He worked with Sveum in the winter on some mechanical adjustments but so far they haven't paid off.