New Cubs’ manager Dale Sveum will have some familiar company on the bench next season.
Chris Bosio confirmed to the Appleton Post-Crescent this afternoon that he has accepted an offer to be the Cubs’ pitching coach. Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that an official announcement is expected next week.
Bosio, who pitched 11 seasons in the big leagues, served as an advanced scout with the Brewers organization this season before being promoted to pitching coach with Triple-A Nashville in September.
Sveum and Bosio have plenty of history together. They were teammates from 1986-1991 and also spent the final two months of the 2009 season on the Brewers’ coaching staff.
Bosio will replace former pitching coach Mark Riggins, who saw the Cubs’ staff finish 25th in the majors this past season with a 4.33 ERA.
UPDATE: According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, the Cubs have confirmed that Bosio will indeed be the pitching coach.
The story of the Indians postseason cannot be told without talking about injuries to starting pitchers Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar. They have forced Terry Francona to lean even harder on his bullpen than he otherwise may have and have cause the Indians to press rookie Ryan Merritt into service.
But Cleveland will be getting at least one of their starters back: Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway that Danny Salazar will be part of the World Series roster.
Salazar has not pitched since early September due to a strained right flexor muscle, but according to Callaway, Salazar is ready to throw 65-70 pitches in a game. That could mean a start, probably in Game 4 after Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer and Josh Tomlin. Merritt was a possible Game 4 starter, but he could either pair up with Salazar in a tandem start or serve in long relief.
Cubs’ left fielder Kyle Schwarber missed virtually the entire 2016 season due to torn knee ligaments, but he has been working his way back to health more quickly than initially expected. Indeed, he has been playing for the Cubs in the Arizona Fall League, serving as a DH. Many have speculated that the Cubs will activate him for the World Series.
Today, at his World Series media session, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said that reports from Arizona are good on Schwarber and that the he will fly to Cleveland to join the team after tonight’s game in Arizona. Maddon says the team will make a decision on activating him once he arrives. The Cubs have until tomorrow morning to set their World Series roster.
Our guess is that Schwarber will get the call and will serve as the DH for the Cubs in Games 1, 2 and, if necessary, 6 and 7 in Cleveland. If so, a lost season could very quickly turn into a storybook season for the Cubs’ young slugger.