We feared the worst, but hoped for the best. But we’re getting the worst. The Cubs just announced that left fielder Kyle Schwarber full tears to his ACL and LCL in his left leg. He will need surgery and will be out for the entire 2016 season.
For those who missed it last night, Schwarber and center fielder Dexter Fowler converged in an attempt to catch a Jean Segura fly ball in left-center in the second inning against the Diamondbacks. The two collided, but Schwarber took the brunt of the collision and was on the ground clutching at his leg before being carted off.
In the game Kris Bryant moved to left field from third base and Tommy La Stella came in to play third, but going forward it’s likely that Jorge Soler will get more playing time. That is, if the Cubs don’t decide to seek a trade to replace what many expected to be a big offensive year from young Kyle Schwarber, 23, who hit 16 homers in 69 games last year.
Such a shame.
Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Nick Pivetta will rejoin the Phillies’ rotation, starting Tuesday’s series opener at home against the Cardinals. Vince Velasquez will remain in the bullpen.
Pivetta, 26, allowed 17 earned runs on 31 hits and eight walks with 16 strikeouts in 18 1/3 innings across his first four starts of the season. The performance resulted in a demotion to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. In six starts there, Pivetta had a much better 3.41 ERA with a 50/20 K/BB ratio in 37 innings of work.
Velasquez, 26, was solid as a starter, posting a 3.99 ERA across six starts. However, he averaged under five innings and 92 pitches per start. The right-hander tossed two scoreless innings out of the bullpen on Friday against the Brewers but was torched for four runs in two-thirds of an inning on Sunday. Mixed results, to say the least. The Phillies are trying to do what they can with their bullpen, currently missing David Robertson, Tommy Hunter, Pat Neshek, and Vìctor Arano.