Kyle Schwarber’s season may be done on the field but that doesn’t mean that his development will take a backseat for the entire year.
The Cubs have not announced when Kyle Schwarber will have surgery to repair the ACL and LCL in his left knee. The Cubs said the swelling would have to subside and indicated on April 8 it could be one-to-three weeks before he has surgery.
During his weekly spot Wednesday on the Mully and Hanley Show (670 The Score), Chris Bosio said Schwarber will be involved in the game plan for games Jason Hammel starts this season. The Cubs paired Schwarber and Hammel in Spring Training and he was expected to catch a majority of Hammel’s starts.
According to a report from CBS Chicago, Chris Bosio said, “We want to keep his mind right. He’s a smart kid. Being in the clubhouse, he’s going to be able to help some of the other players … veterans or rookies … on all aspects of the game. Those are the expectations we have of him.”
It is too early to know if Schwarber will be able to catch again when he returns. The Cubs want to make sure he is prepared mentally to catch and continues to develop that aspect of his game.
Chris Bosio explained, “We’re not going to let him sit in crutches or sit in a chair with a foot up because the guy is out for the season. Our clubhouse doesn’t work like that, the organization doesn’t work like that. We’re going to get him involved.”
Joe Maddon told the Sun-Times the Cubs plan to include Schwarber “as often as possible in prep meetings for Jason Hammel’s starts.” Maddon pointed out how well the two work together and that Schwarber is “not afraid to share an insight.” Maddon thinks it’s important to “keep them connected.”
According to the Tribune, Jason Hammel does not have a preference between Miguel Montero and David Ross. Hammel said he has to “make sure our game plans are on the same page.” The Tribune reported “it appears Hammel’s catcher will be based on match-ups.”
Prior to the season-ending injury, Kyle Schwarber was considered part of the team’s plans moving forward behind the plate. A combination of Schwarber and Willson Contreras remains a possibility down the road. Schwarber vowed to come back bigger, faster and stronger. And if he’s able to catch, the Cubs could have a good duo for several years.