Update on #Cubs Schwarber

Kyle Schwarber, who had to leave Thursday’s game with soreness in his left knee, said he hoped to be back in the Cubs lineup on Saturday. However, manager Joe Maddon said it’s more likely Schwarber will play Sunday, if he passes all the tests.

Schwarber came out of the game after two innings after he tweaked his knee making a throw from left field to home in the second inning against the Mariners. After popping up in his second at-bat, he opted to leave the game as a precautionary move.

“It was obviously nothing significant,” Schwarber said Friday. “You know me, if I can still play, I’m going to play. I felt it wasn’t the smart thing to do right then. Luckily we caught it early. We’ll give it a day rest and see what it brings tomorrow and if I can get in there tomorrow, I’ll be in there.”

Schwarber has been working in both the outfield and at catching. Will he ease into a game as the designated hitter?

“I don’t think so,” he said.

— Carrie Muskat

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