CHICAGO - After a pair of promising contests as the designated hitter, Cubs fans weren't ready to see their slugger just appear a few times at the plate during the World Series games at Wrigley Field.
But unfortunately for the team's fans and Joe Maddon, the only time Kyle Schwarber will be in Games 3, 4, or 5 of the World Series will be to pinch-hit.
On Thursday team president Theo Epstein announced that the outfielder has yet to be cleared medically to play the field after returning for the Fall Classic after missing six months with a torn ACL and MCL in his knee. Since there is no designated hitter during the World Series games in the National League park, Schwarber will be out of the starting lineup for the next three games.
Epstein did say, however, that the second-year player would be the designated hitter for the team if it should go back to Cleveland for Game 6 or 7.
This might seem a bit of a blow to the Cubs' offense considering what Schwarber was able to do in the first two games of the World Series. Despite having just five at-bats in the regular season before his April 7th injury on a collision in the outfield with Dexter Fowler in Arizona, Schwarber collected three hits, 2 RBI's and a pair of walks.
Instead, Schwarber will be limited to pinch-hitting duties over the next three games at Wrigley Field.