(CBS) Cubs rookie Kyle Schwarber, a catcher by trade, is getting his first major league start in left field Wednesday afternoon when Chicago hosts the Colorado Rockies at Wrigley Field.
The move comes as the Cubs are in an offensive funk, hitting just .224 since the All-Star break, tied for third-worst in baseball. As his development behind the plate is still a work in progress, Schwarber hasn’t been catching the Cubs’ top pitchers — Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester, who starts Wednesday. So manager Joe Maddon is utilizing another way to get Schwarber’s bat into the lineup, as he’s hitting .352 with three homers, 11 RBis and a 1.019 OPS in 18 games.
Schwarber has some experience playing outfield at lower levels of baseball, though the overwhelming majority of his playing time has come at catcher.
“Whenever the opportunity comes to put me in left, I’m going to go out…
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