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Cubs Call Up Kyle Schwarber, Send Brian Schlitter Back To Iowa

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This roster move was expected.

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It's official now, the recall of Kyle Schwarber to the major-league Cubs roster, via tweet from Carrie Muskat:

Schlitter, at least, in his one-game recall, was effective. He retired the only two Reds he faced Sunday night and posted the victory when Starlin Castro drove in the winning run in the 11th inning.

Schwarber was the Cubs' No. 1 pick (fourth overall) in the 2014 draft. In fact, it's just 11 days past one year since he was selected and only 11 months since he signed with the Cubs. This year he's hit .320/.438/.579 at Double-A Tennessee with 13 home runs and 42 walks in 243 plate appearances (197 at-bats).

He won't be in the starting lineup tonight but I'd expect Joe Maddon to use him at some point as a pinch-hitter. He's expected to DH for the Cubs during the upcoming five-game road trip to Cleveland and Minnesota. After that Schwarber is expected to be optioned back to Triple-A Iowa. The Cubs had an open space on the 40-man roster so there was no corresponding move needed for that roster.

There hasn't yet been a uniform number announced for Schwarber but I'd bet on it being 12 due to that number being part of his Twitter handle and the fact that it's available.

Welcome to the Cubs, Kyle! Do some hitting, please.