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- Updated: October 28, 2016
Just when you thought the Chicago Cubs Kyle Schwarber would continue to wreak havoc on the Cleveland Indians pitchers, his doctor ordered that he be a pinch hitter only in Games 3-5 at Wrigley Field.
Schwarber, who injured his left knee in an outfield collision back in April, and missed the rest of the regular season, was the DH in both World Series Games 1-2 at Cleveland, making his comeback a success by going 3 for 7, with a run scored, two RBI’s and two walks.
But the doctors felt that putting him in the outfield would put added strain on his repaired knee.
“It’s not disappointing at all,” Schwarber told the media. “It was a long shot at the most. Obviously, I want to be out there with my teammates, but facts are facts. I just can’t physically do it. I’ll be ready any time during the game to be out there to pinch-hit.”
Schwarber continued, “This was a, ‘What if?’ I wanted to give it a shot. We’ve got to respect the opinion of the doctor.”
Cubs GM Theo Epstein also spoke to media regarding Schwarber’s injury:
“This was not just an ACL tear, it was a complete blowout of his knee and multiple ligaments, and an eight-month expected return to play, best-case scenario. When he saw Dr. Cooper at six months, Dr. Cooper was surprised at the stability of the knee, and understanding what was at stake and Kyle’s incredible work and desire to play, Dr. Cooper cleared him to hit and run the bases. That was an aggressive clearance.”
It is a big loss for the Cubs, and any fan would say that they are better with Schwarber’s bat in the lineup, but they also are smart enough to understand that his future is what matters the most. The Cubs have the fire power to put runs on the board and it may take Jason Heyward (2 for 30, .067 in the 2016 postseason), finally stepping up and getting the key hits when needed.
Cubs can pick up in Schwarber’s absense as they did all season long to get to this point. Mission, win all three games at home, but if they have to go back to Cleveland, Schwarber will be ready to step back into the box for the full game, even if it means just being a DH. He will take whatever he can get at this point.
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