Kyle Schwarber's powerful bat has been absent from the Chicago Cubs lineup since the third game of the 2016 season, when the outfielder suffered a torn ACL and LCL. However, he is available and will start for his team's World Series matchup with the Cleveland Indians.
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Schwarber Active vs. Indians
Tuesday, Oct. 25
The Cubs announced Schwarber will be batting fifth and be the designated hitter in Tuesday's lineup against the Indians and starting pitcher Corey Kluber.
Schwarber Comments on Return
Tuesday, Oct. 25
Maddon Comments on Schwarber's Recovery
Monday, Oct. 24
Cubs manager Joe Maddon told reporters the team will make a decision on Tuesday on if the Cubs will add Schwarber to the roster. Maddon also said Schwarber has done everything "well and right" in terms of his recovery.
Epstein Comments on Schwarber's Status
Saturday, Oct. 22
"He's made it to a best-case scenario after six months," Cubs president Theo Epstein said regarding Schwarber's recovery, according to ESPN's Jesse Rogers. "We're not ruling anything in; we're not ruling anything out. We're not getting ahead of ourselves. We have a lot of work here before this becomes pertinent."
Schwarber Has Missed Almost All of Cubs' Historic Season
The second-year outfielder suffered the injury when he collided with teammate Dexter Fowler while pursuing a fly ball during an April 7 game against the Arizona Diamondbacks:
Schwarber underwent surgery April 19 and missed the remainder of the regular season.
But Epstein suggested the outfielder is on the cusp of making an unlikely return thanks to his hard work during rehabilitation, per Rogers:
It was a pleasant surprise. We got news that was better than expected. ...
He asked for a chance to do this. With as hard as Kyle has worked and as much as this means to him -- and potentially us -- we wanted to give him that opportunity. ...
We're going to evaluate him day to day from a medical standpoint and a baseball standpoint.
With the Cubs having made it to the World Series for the first time since 1945, they could use a bat that hit 16 home runs with 43 RBI in just 69 games last season as they try to clinch their first title since 1908.
Stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com.