The dream start to the season for the Chicago Cubs has come to a sudden halt - star slugger Kyle Schwarber suffered a torn ACL, LCL and a severely sprained ankle that will cause him to miss the rest of the season, reports ESPN's Jesse Rogers.
Schwarber has a full torn ACL and LCL— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) April 8, 2016
Out for the year. Also a severe ankle sprain— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) April 8, 2016
Schwarber suffered the injury in Thursday night's 14-6 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks when he collided with Dexter Fowler on this long fly ball:
"Can't get mad about playing hard and getting hurt," Schwarber told reporters after the game. "Would rather play hard and get hurt than not play hard and not get hurt."
Schwarber is one of the many promising young players the Cubs have on their roster, and this was supposed to be a breakout year for the slugger. As a rookie in 2015, Schwarber his .246 with 16 home runs and 43 RBIs in just 69 games.
"(The play) had bad things written all over it," manager Joe Maddon said. "The guy hits the ball in the one spot that we can't cover. I'd just rather see the ball go over the fence right there. We'd have been fine."
Third basemen Jorge Soler and Tommy La Stella are expected to take over Schwarber's place in left field, and Maddon said starting third baseman Kris Bryant could play some outfield this season as well.Back to the Chicago Cubs Newsfeed