Cubs place Kyle Schwarber on 15-Day DL, recall Munenori Kawasaki from Triple-A Iowa
The Cubs placed catcher Kyle Schwarber on the 15-day disabled list with torn ligaments in his left knee (ACL and LCL) and a severe left ankle sprain, and recalled infielder Munenori Kawasaki from Triple-A Iowa.
Kyle Schwarber, 23, suffered his season ending injury in the second inning of Thursday night’s game.
Munenori Kawasaki, who will wear uniform number 66, will be available for the Cubs on Friday as they continue their four-game series at the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The 34-year-old Kawasaki signed a minor league contract with the Cubs last off-season after spending part of the last four years with the Seattle Mariners (2012) and Toronto Blue Jays (2013-15), batting .234 (143-for-612) with 16 doubles, one homer and a .314 on-base percentage in 262 major league games. Kawasaki has played in 109 games at second base, 102 games at shortstop and 23 games at third base.
The left-handed hitting Kawasaki played in a career-high 96 games for the Blue Jays in 2013. He batted .214 (6-for-28) with two doubles and two RBI in 23 games for Toronto last season. Kawasaki was Iowa’s starting shortstop Thursday night vs. Round Rock (0-for-3).
Kawasaki played professionally in Japan for 11 seasons for the Fukuoka Hawks, earning All-Star honors in each of his final eight seasons through the 2011 campaign. He played for Japan in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and in the 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classics.
Kawasaki batted .367/.446/.551 in 24 Spring Training games with six doubles, a home run and seven walks for a .997 OPS.
Kawasaki was released on March 29 and re-signed later in the day with the Cubs on restructured minor league deal. The move kept the Cubs from paying a $100,000 retention bonus.
The Cubs selected Kawasaki’s contract on April 3, added to the 40-man roster and optioned him to Triple-A Iowa.