CHICAGO – The Cubs have never had a designated hitter in the World Series.
Now it appears their first might also be the franchise’s all-time postseason home run leader.
According to a report for MLB Network, Kyle Schwarber is headed to Cleveland and is expected to be activated for Game 1 of the World Series.
Schwarber played two games in the Arizona Fall League for the Mesa Solar Sox over the weekend, taking the field for the first time since April, when he blew out his knee chasing down a fly ball against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
It’s a bit of a homecoming in more ways than one for the Ohio-native.
He’ll not only be back in Cleveland, about four hours north of where he grew up, he’ll also see his teammates in person for the first time since they punched a ticket to the World Series.
Given Schwarber’s success against the Indians, it may not be all for show.
Schwarber has a .666 career batting average at Progressive Field, racking up four RBI and one home run in his only series there.
The official World Series roster is expected to be revealed Tuesday morning, although they’re already testing out what his name will look like on the scoreboard in Cleveland: