The news, just announced via Twitter, is bad for Kyle Schwarber:
Full ACL and LCL tear for #Cubs Schwarber. Out for the year— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) April 8, 2016
This isn't the news we had hoped to hear, but that's part of baseball and I know that Schwarber, a very hard worker, will work his butt off in rehab and be ready for the 2017 season.
The Cubs have recalled Munenori Kawasaki to Schwarber on the 25-man roster. Replacing his bat in the lineup will be harder to replace, but this is where Jorge Soler could really step up and help the club, by getting more regular at-bats. Matt Szczur could get some time out in left field, as could Ben Zobrist or even Kris Bryant, who replaced Schwarber in the outfield after the injury Thursday night.
That's one of the great things about the way this Cubs roster is constructed, that they can weather an injury like this. But, let's hope there aren't any more such injuries, because while the Cubs have depth to weather injuries like this, we don't want to see them tempt that depth too much.
I feel terrible for Schwarber, who looked like he was ready to produce a monster offensive season, especially because he seems like such a quality human being. As I said, he'll obviously rehab hard and be ready to go in 2017. It's still unclear how this would affect Schwarber's ability to catch, but no matter, as his bat can play at any position.
Onward, and let's keep the winning going.