Cubs left fielder Kyle Schwarber is mired in a terrible slump, hitting only .195 and leading the team in strikeouts with 43.
Those aren’t numbers most managers would want out of their leadoff hitter, but Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Wednesday he’s not giving up on his outside-the-box strategy this season to use Schwarber atop the lineup.
“As of right now I’m not ready to just give up on anything like that,” Maddon told reporters Wednesday, via the Chicago Sun-Times. “And his struggles are not anywhere based on him hitting leadoff. He’s just struggling.”
The issue came up before Wednesday’s 3-0 loss to the Rockies, because Maddon gave Anthony Rizzo the day off, and batted Schwarber in Rizzo’s usual No. 3 hole. That doesn’t mean he’s ready to move Schwarber out of the top spot.
The Mets starter is scheduled to get a second opinion on the partial tear in his right lat muscle Thursday in Los Angeles after an initial examination estimated he could miss up to three months, the New York Post reported Wednesday.
After being scratched from his scheduled start against the Braves last Thursday with biceps and shoulder discomfort, Syndergaard was forced to leave Sunday’s 23-5 loss to the Nationals in the second Cheap Green Bay Packers Jerseys inning due to the injury and was later placed on the 10-day disabled list.