Schwarber expected to rejoin Cubs on Friday #iubase

When the Chicago Cubs called up Kyle Schwarber last month to serve as a designated hitter during a run through interleague play, the former Indiana star knew his stay in the big leagues would be short. Once the Cubs’ need for a DH was no longer necessary, Schwarber knew he was headed back to the minors.

But after being optioned to Iowa on June 21, Schwarber found his stay in Triple-A to be nearly as brief.

According to multiple reports, the Cubs will recall Schwarber in time for Friday’s second-half opener at Atlanta. The move comes a week after catcher Miguel Montero injured his thumb prior to the All-Star break, prompting speculation of Schwarber’s possible return. Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com says Montero is expected to be sidelined until rosters expand in September, which could allow Schwarber to remain with the Cubs for the remainder of the season.

Between Double-A and Triple-A this season, Schwarber is batting a combined .323 with 16 home runs, 49 RBIs and a 1.022 on-base plus slugging percentage. He supplied six RBIs over six games when the Cubs called him up last month, going 4-for-5 in his first major league start on June 17 against the Cleveland Indians. Schwarber was named the MVP of Sunday’s Futures Game in Cincinnati after hitting a two-run triple and throwing out a runner attempting to steal second base.

How much time Schwarber sees at catcher is unclear. The Chicago Tribune reports that the Cubs are expected to continue carrying three catchers, including David Ross and Taylor Teagarden.

27 comments

  1. I hope his performance convinces the Cubs’ Management that he belongs on their Major League roster permanently.

  2. Tiger Woods….he was such a flash in the pan.

    Wow…This is almost a tragedy of Shakespearean proportion. And the nature of wolves, the petty journalists and golfers alike that Tiger took so much of the limelight away while putting the sport back on the map, ? Yup, they are feasting at his flesh.

    Dear Paul Azinger,
    Shut the hell up.
    Paul Azinger major championships: 1….(and it’s the one most care least about …the PGA).
    Tiger Woods major championships: 14

  3. Paul Azinger-no PED’s.

    Tiger Woods-no PED’s, wellllllllll?????????????????? Of course back when he was taking them, and winning, he really only needed them to keep up with all the women he was pulling maintenance on. He is now reaping what he sowed.

  4. Clarion-

    Maybe a few too many Heineken’s tonight….. PED”s, or no PED’s, Tiger Woods not only gave a lifeless and tired game a reason for golfers to watch again, he brought immeasurable numbers to the sport for the very first time. And that, my Heineken loving friend, is why the jealous wolves now rip at the flesh.
    The numbers of viewers he still brings in the deepest lull of his career will forever shatter anything comparable one person has ever done for the vitality of one sport…outside of Babe Ruth and Muhammad Ali. And to begin the sport by being taught by his father in a garage…? It’s pretty easy to know why the frat rat country club members that hoarded a protectionist world of golf t built from privilege and dollars few young people could begin to afford a taste, are relishing a chance to fry him like chicken and reclaim Fuzzy Zoeller their ‘Grand Poobah’ at the dining table of the Confederate Bunker Grill of granddaddy’s country club.

  5. Holy motherboard! How did Clarion get the green of a Heineken label into some of his [color=#006600]fonts[/color]…?

  6. …………..lllllllll Just want to see what happens when I cut and paste the same selection of all his lowercase ‘l’s…

  7. Yup…that did it. Coolllllllll…..Maybe it’s a weird illusion…When I zoom in, they no longer look green. Is anyone else seeing green in the nine lowercase ‘l’s…?

  8. tw cheated to win. When you cheat, anything good that was presumed done visually is lost. He cheated to play the game, he cheated on his wife and so he is cheating his way through life. Yup, golf is proud of him, oh and his wife is so so proud of him and the world has many who agree with me, he is a loser of the 1st order. No more Buick deals. He pissed down his own throat. He is now like so many who can’t handle failure/success and/or the drive and the climb needed to attain it.

  9. He found the power to secretly mingle with beautiful women irresistible…He seems to have a thing for very pretty blonds…He cheated on his wife… How are you doing, JFK?

    The PED’s are allegations. You are convicting a man of cheating without any sound evidence. And if you think it’s worthy of stripping all his achievements, then extend your arguments to Roger Clemens and the dozens upon dozens other huge names that have been caught using PED’s Where was your outrage during the posts regarding all the cheating/PED use in MLB…NFL…college football? Look at how ripped some of the basketball players on our own Hoosiers appear….PED’s?

    The fact remains, golf was revitalized and found millions of new viewers tuning into ESPN and the major networks because of Tiger Woods. And golf will suffer to keep young kids on the courses as his name fades..

    I hope the allegations against Tiger and PED use are not true….
    Then again, now we know Lance Armstrong was sticking needles in his butt and eating crow while never winning a Tour de France as well.

  10. Maybe we should give a pass for Lance’s PED use when so many forces are applied on those road bike seats for years and years….

    Ohhhhh, the French champagne ….champ pain(?)

  11. He can hit. He just isn’t a major league catcher yet. The Cubs are giving him a chance at that position both in AAA and the Majors but the signs point to the Outfield or 1st Base (which is tough with Rizzo there). He’ll play in the Majors but it may not be at catcher for the Cubs unless the NL goes to a Designated Hitter.

  12. I meant to say, “…it may not be at catcher for the Cubs or it may not be for the Cubs at all unless the NL goes to a Designated Hitter.” He’s an exceptional hitter but he has to find a place in the field if he is going to play in the National League as the rules now exist.

  13. Harv, thanks for sending up a flair. Have a very sick mother that I had to attend to (who’s now doing ok).

    Hope you are well my friend. Glad that one of the best Hoosier prospects landed on the Cubs so you have double to root for. I know you love it!

    Mets were supposed to get him, but got a guy at Oregon State named Michael Conforto. He’s going to be tremendous, too.

    Cubs and Mets need to make a trade. Let’s talk. 😉

  14. Theo is going to be looked at as a BB guru with this Schwarber kid who is killin it for the Cubs. How many HR’s in how many official AB’s?

  15. Looks like Kyle is showing everyone how the Hoosiers play ball. What a game last night.

    I have no love for the Cubs, but I’ll be hitting the box scores daily from now on.

    Always thought his swing would translate well to MLB. Tight, compact and powerful. No one could have predicted this level of breakthrough, though.

  16. Given Schwarber’s success at the plate, especially his production in key situations, the Cubs will have to find a way to make him a full-time player. If he’s not yet a fully polished MLB catcher, who cares? His bat more than makes up for any defensive deficiencies he might have right now. And given his age, he’ll have lot’s of opportunity to improve from OJT. But the bigger question is, should Schwarber even play catcher at all? Why jeopardize that potential offensive productivity by having him play catcher, a position that takes a huge toll on a man’s body and limits their career longevity? Look who’s playing first base for the Twins! As the Twins have demonstrated, a team can find other catchers, but offensive talent like Schwarber is demonstrating thus far is very rare. A week or two in the majors does not a career make, but Schwarber appears to be the real deal with a bat in his hand. I hope the Cubs exercise good judgement about this kid.

  17. Cubs have already announced he isn’t going back down and they will find a spot for him. 1st base is out with Rizzo there but I see left field as his home to keep him in the lineup. The Cubs look very smart with their 2013 and 2014 first round picks. 2013 Bryant, 2014 Schwarber. That lineup is scary to opposing pitchers right now, Schwarber, Bryant, Rizzo. Can’t pitch around any of them. The future of the Cubs is now.

  18. Yea, I’ve been saying that about the Cubs since 1969! The Cardinals remain formidable and may have something to say about the Cubs’ immediate future. But they’re better than normal and exciting to watch.

  19. Post #24 is right on Podunker. My dad and I talked about that last weekend. Maybe a move to left field would benefit? You’re right the catching position is hard on your body and I’d hate to see the talented Schwarber having to hold down that position. Still in position for final wildcard spot, but I’d love to at least catch the Pirates.

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