This news, just released by the Cubs, is good news, I believe:
#Cubs Theo says Schwarber not medically cleared to play OF— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) October 27, 2016
Theo says doctors felt too much risk for Schwarber to play OF. #Cubs— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) October 27, 2016
#Cubs Theo says all disappointed. Schwarber asked questions, but understands it's doctors orders— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) October 27, 2016
Couldn't expect Schwarber to play at 60 percent. Theo says Kyle can't play that way. #Cubs— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) October 27, 2016
I completely agree with this. It seemed much too risky for Kyle Schwarber, who originally was ruled out until next year’s spring training after he tore an ACL and LCL last April 7, to play left field at Wrigley Field in baseball’s biggest event.
Beyond the fact that he’s not really that good an outfielder to begin with, there’s a brick wall at Wrigley that you wouldn’t want him running into. Further, there’s a weather forecast of gusty winds for Friday’s game that will make playing the outfield tricky for even the most experienced outfielder.
Finally, by MLB rules, if Schwarber aggravated the knee injury in any way, he could not be replaced on the World Series roster.
Schwarber’s performance at the plate during Games 1 and 2 of the World Series has been nothing short of astonishing, given the severity of the injury and how quickly (by the original prediction) he returned. Even having his bat on the bench available to pinch-hit gives Joe Maddon an excellent weapon to use in Games 3, 4 and 5.
The doctors made the right decision, I think. Now it’s time to win those games and for the Cubs to become World Series champions.