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.
LOS ANGELES — Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, and Tommy Kahnle were activated by the New York Yankees ahead of their weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
New York cleared three roster spots after a 1-0 loss at Seattle, optioning infielder-outfielders Oswaldo Cabrera and Franchy Cordero to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with left-hander Matt Krook.
Stanton, Donaldson and Kahnle all played in a rehab game for Double-A Somerset. Stanton was hitless in three at-bats in his first appearance since injuring his left hamstring on April 15.
Donaldson went 1 for 4 in his fourth rehab game as he comes back from a strained right hamstring originally sustained on April 5.
Kahnle pitched one inning, giving up one run and one hit and walking two. He has been out since spring training with right biceps tendinitis.
Aaron Boone said he wasn’t concerned about Stanton returning after playing in just one rehab game. He did say that Stanton likely will be a designated hitter for a couple of weeks after rejoining the Yankees.
New York is missing centerfielder Harrison Bader, who strained his right hamstring against the Mariners and went on the injured list the next day.
Left-hander Carlos Rodón, sidelined since spring training by a sore left forearm and an ailing back, was transferred to the 60-day injured list.