Kyle Schwarber out for the year with torn knee ligaments

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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.

Marte Par-tay! Dbacks on the verge of acquiring Starling Marte

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The Arizona Diamondbacks — employer of All-Star Ketel Marte — are about to double their Marte pleasure, with multiple outlets reporting that they are on the verge of acquiring Pirates outfield Starling Marte in a trade. Making it a Marte par-tay in Phoenix.

Starling Marte is coming off a .295/.342/.503 season in which he hit 23 homers and stole 25 bases while manning center field for the Buccos. Center is where Ketel played most of last season, but with Starling on the roster, Ketel would likely move back to second base.

Heading back to Pittsburgh, prospects Liover Peguero and Brennan Malone, each of whom are generally considered to be top-10-ish prospects for Pittsburgh, but not likely top-5-ish. They’ll rank higher in the Pirates’ thinner farm system. Peguero is a shortstop who just turned 19 and hasn’t played above A-ball. Malone, also 19, is a righty pitcher who was the 33rd overall selection in last year’s draft.