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Cubs not ruling out playing Kyle Schwarber in outfield

Cubs not ruling out playing Kyle Schwarber in outfield

The status of Chicago Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber playing in the outfield as the scene shifts to Chicago for the next three games of the World Series against the Cleveland Indianas is unknown, but the team isn't ruling anything out.

Schwarber started the first two games of the series as team's designated hitter and went 3 for 7 with two walks and two RBIs after missing the majority of the regular season as a result of tearing two ligaments in his left knee in April.

Doctors have cleared Schwarber to hit, run the bases and slide, but haven't officially cleared him to play in the outfield. SI's Tom Verducci reports Schwarber is most likely to be used as a pinch hitter in Games 4 and 5.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said he is waiting to hear from the team's medical staff on if Schwarber can play in the outfield.

"He looks good at the plate. Running the bases, he looks pretty good so far. I talked to him there before his last at-bat, I asked him if he got on base if he was good to go," Maddon said. "He said yes, and I said, 'OK, fine. Just make sure you stay smart with it.' There's nothing about watching him that tells me that he's inhibited right now."

Schwarber was asked after Game 2 if playing the outfield in Chicago was a possibility.

"We'll see," Schwarber said. "I haven't tried it. Nothing's set in stone. No one's told me anything, so as of right now, the story is still the same."

Game 3 is Friday, with the series tied at one game apiece. Josh Tomlin will pitch for the Indians, while NL Cy Young contender Kyle Hendricks will get the ball for the Cubs. 

– Scooby Axson