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Chicago Cubs recall Kyle Schwarber


The Chicago Cubs will recall Kyle Schwarber from Triple-A Iowa on Thursday. Jesse Rogers of ESPN was the first to report it. It has since been confirmed by others.

Schwarber hit .343/.477/.714 with four home runs and nine RBI in his 11 games at Triple-A level. The idea of sending him down was to give him a jump start. That definitely occurred, so the Cubs now understandably want to see if carries back over to the major league level.

Schwarber has hit just .171/.295/.378 through 64 games with the Cubs, but after that minor league stint, look for him to be plugged back into the lineup, with all involved hoping they can soon pretend April-June didn’t happen.

Indians release Mike Napoli

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The Cleveland Indians have released Mike Napoli.

This is not terribly surprising as he was seen as a depth move to begin with. Injury insurance for Yonder Alonso at first base and Edwin Encarnacion at DH, neither of whom are injured at the moment. Napoli was on a minor league contract and the Indians made it clear that, if he can’t find a major league job elsewhere, he’s welcome to come back and cool his heels in Columbus in the event he’s needed later.

Which may be what happens if he wants to keep playing because, after a season in which he hit .193/.285/.428, and a spring in which he hit .218/.310/.431, there aren’t likely to be a ton of takers.