Kyle Schwarber will miss the weekend series against the Diamondbacks and is out at least three to five days with a mild right rib cage strain. Schwarber will be re-evaluated during the series with the Cardinals, but it’s unlikely he will be available in St. Louis for the start of the 11-game road trip that begins Monday.
Schwarber felt something in his right side during early work in the batting cage prior to Wednesday’s game with the Reds. Schwarber stopped immediately and had an MRI on Wednesday.
Kyle Schwarber was 2-for-3 with a walk and the game-winning home run Tuesday night in what was his best game at the plate in a couple of weeks. Schwarber was dealing with the typical ups and downs a rookie goes through and said Tuesday night he slowed everything down after taking a walk in the fourth inning.
Schwarber hit .221/.324/.537 in August with three doubles and nine home runs for a .861 OPS. Schwarber has struggled against left-handed pitchers (.167/.245/.313) and has been rather impressive against right handers (.313/.412/.652/1.064) … 16 of his 19 extra basehits have come against right-handed pitching.
While Kris Bryant has thrived at Wrigley, Kyle Schwarber has been better on the road than at home. At Wrigley this year, Schwarber is hitting .219/.367/.521 with a double and seven home runs for a .887 OPS. In 25 road games, Schwarber is batting .311/.364/.578 with four doubles, a triple and six home runs for a .941 OPS.
The news on Schwarber is positive considering he could be ruled out for a lot longer than three to five days. The Cubs will be cautious with him, but with the nature of oblique injuries this is a best case scenario.