Cubs rookie slugger Kyle Schwarber has not appeared in a game since the first of September due to a mild right rib cage strain, but he took swings in a batting cage Monday in St. Louis and reported no lingering discomfort when he returned to the visitors clubhouse at Busch Stadium on Tuesday.
His return is imminent, per beat writer Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times …
Schwarber available to PH tonight, might start tomorrow, Maddon says.
— Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub) September 8, 2015
Schwarber is sporting a .917 OPS with 13 home runs, 38 RBI, and 41 runs scored over his first 48 games. Chicago is within striking distance of the Pirates for the top National League Wild Card spot, which would mean hosting privileges for the National League Wild Card Game.