this sportsline update seems to indicate it could be this monday or around the all-star break. it would be nice to be able to find out at least a day ahead of time if they're gonna even hear it.
i also plan to keep checking the cubs' mlb site/fan forum.
Michael Barrett's appeal of his 10-game suspension for punching A.J. Pierzynski is still pending. In order for his suspension to begin, one of two things have to happen: 1. He can drop the appeal and serve the 10 games immediately ... or 2. League officials hear his appeal and decide on a reduced penalty and he begins serving that. Neither of these eventualities is imminent. Appeals are heard when teams are in New York for series, generally. The Cubs are not there until after the All-Star break, so something could happen on the Cubs' next off day June 12.
This makes Barrett a viable start in Fantasy Week 10 (June 5-11), but there is some measure of risk. The appeal could be dropped by the player at his wishing or heard at any time league officials are in the city his team is playing. We don't have any information that will happen this week. This suspension figures to hang over him for awhile, so take the risk and start him. You don't want to sit the hot hitting catcher now, only to have him continue to play well, and then have to sit him while on suspension, too.