CHICAGO — The headline this morning was that of Kyle Schwarber making his return to the Chicago Cubs when they host the Milwaukee Brewers this afternoon at Wrigley Field.
The 24-year old outfielder spent the last 11 games playing for the Iowa Cubs, the Chicago Cubs’ Triple-A affiliate after struggling mightily through the first couple months of the 2017 season. Through his first 64 games at the the major-league level this season, Schwarber hit just .171 while striking out 75 times through his fist 222 at-bats before being sent down to Iowa to hit the reset button mentally.
While in Iowa over the past couple weeks, Schwarber looked impressive as he slugged away the minor-league arms that opponents threw at him, picking up 12 hits in his 35 at-bats in Iowa, while swatting four long-balls and driving in nine runs.
With the Cubs brass convinced that the youngster has done enough to return to the major-league level, Schwarber returned to Wrigley Field and was inserted into the fifth spot in the Cubs lineup on Thursday afternoon. Unfortunately Schwarber’s Iowa performance didn’t follow him back to Chicago on Thursday as the Cubs’ left-fielder went 0-4 at the plate and committed his fourth error of the season in the outfield.
Schwarber grounded out to shortstop in the sixth inning, and struck out looking twice before finally striking out swinging in the bottom of the ninth inning to cap off an 0-4, three strikeout day in his return.
Schwarber’s batting average sits at .169 on the season, and the struggling outfielder will look to bounce back from a rough return to the Cubs lineup tomorrow when the Cubs take on the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field.
This afternoon’s ugly loss to the Brewers sinks the Cubs back under the .500 mark as they now sit at 42-43 on the campaign, 4.5 games behind the Brewers for the National League Central division race, their largest deficit of the season.
Anderson Roughed Up in Rehab Start on Wednesday
Brett Anderson made his third rehab start for the Cubs’ Double-A affiliate, the Tennessee Smokies on Wednesday. Anderson allowed four runs on eight hits and a pair of walks through five innings of work against the Chattanooga Lookouts.
Anderson is 0-1 with a 4.85 ERA through three starts with the Smokies on his current rehab assignment. Anderson was sporting an ERA above eight before heading to the disabled list back in May, and would likely be used in a relief role if and when he returns to the major-league club.