Written by: Brett J. Pietrzak – Vice President (@GrandstandBJP)
Kyle Schwarber, who tore his ACL and LCL just seven months ago, is expected to start at the designated hitter position for the Chicago Cubs tonight according to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com. The young left fielder, who crushed 16 home runs in 232 at-bats last season, suffered what was thought to be a season-ending injury on this play:
Schwarber, the 4th pick in the 2014 draft, was able to have a successful enough season as a rookie that he was considered an “untouchable” asset this July when the team was searching for bullpen help. While most of the eager midway fans believed they had to wait until the start of the 2017 season to see their prized outfield prospect crush bombs over the ivy at Wrigley, Dr. Dan Cooper, the Dallas Cowboys’ team doctor, had different plans.
Dr. Cooper, who is widely considered the best orthopedic surgeon in the entire NFL, repaired Schwarber’s knee on April 19th. Luckily for the Cubs, their long playoff run, along with Schwarber’s incredible work ethic has given them a significant boost right before the biggest game of their lives.
It has been an absolutely magical year for the Chicago Cubs and Kyle Schwarber did not want to miss out on the fun. That being said, one must question if the elongated absence from Major League pitching will effect the young stud. Find out the answer tonight at eight on FOX.