Former Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber went 3-for-4 with a double in his first game back with the Chicago Cubs on Friday night in Atlanta. Schwarber was recalled from Triple-A Iowa after starting catcher Miguel Montero was placed on the 15-day disabled list with an injured thumb.
Schwarber continues to make his case to remain in the big leagues for the long term with the Cubs firmly in the National League Playoff Race in the second half. Schwarber is now batting .423 (11-for-26) in seven games with the Cubs, with a double, a triple, a home run and six RBIs.
When manager Joe Maddon met with the media on Friday afternoon, he gave an indication that Schwarber will get a real shot to stay with the Cubs this time around.
“We’ll try to pair him up as best we possibly can,” Maddon said Friday afternoon. “Try to give him a soft landing, catching-wise. I feel very good about him. We want to make this as easy as possible.”
Lester is always caught by long-time battery mate David Ross, and Taylor Teagarden has developed a good relationship with Arrieta. But the message is clear: Schwarber isn't just with the Cubs for his bat. This time, he's going to get a real shot to catch at the MLB level.
"‘I’m here to help the team compete for a playoff spot," Schwarber said. “I plan on being up here for as long as I can be. ’m going to be ready for it.”