“The Year of the Call-Up” continues, as Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago reports that the Cubs are set to promote Kyle Schwarber from Double-A Tennessee. However, he’s not expected to stick around for long.
The Cubs will play five out of their next six games under American League rules, first against the Indians and then this weekend against the Twins. With that in mind, the team thought this was a good time to break him in as a designated hitter, left-handed bench bat, and third catcher. Cubs president Theo Epstein told Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com that he’ll be sent to Triple-A Iowa after this week regardless of the results, but he’s obviously someone who could resurface before long.
Schwarber, 22, was selected No. 4 overall in last year’s draft and owns a .333/.432/.610 batting line with 31 home runs over his first 129 games in pro ball. Baseball America ranked him as the No. 19 prospect in the game on their preseason list.
TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.
Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.
If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.
“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”
Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.
The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.
Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.