CLEVELAND (AP) — Kyle Schwarber has been added to the Chicago Cubs’ World Series roster and could start Tuesday night’s opener against the Cleveland Indians at designated hitter.
The 23-year-old Middletown native, sidelined after tearing two knee ligaments on April 8, was included Tuesday on the Cubs’ 25-man roster. Left-handed pitcher Rob Zastryzny was dropped.
Schwarber was expected to miss the rest of 2016 following knee surgery but was cleared medically to resume playing on Oct. 17. He played a pair of games in the Arizona Fall League and flew to Cleveland on Monday.
As a rookie, Schwarber hit .246 with 16 homers and 43 RBIs in 71 games.
Cleveland also made one change, including Danny Salazar in place of Cody Anderson in a swap of right-handed pitchers.
The right-hander hasn’t pitched since in a game since Sept. 9 because of forearm tightness, but after some rehab and rest, the Indians feel he’s ready to help them against the Chicago Cubs.
It’s possible that Salazar, who was picked for his first All-Star team this season, will start Game 4. He may also pitch in relief if rookie Ryan Merritt starts at Wrigley Field. Merritt emerged as an unlikely postseason hero when he pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings in Game 5 of the AL Championship Series.
Salazar pitched a three-inning simulated game on Sunday night, the final hurdle for him to be cleared.
Game One of the World Series is set for 8 p.m. on Tuesday night at Progressive Field, with the Indians sending Corey Kluber to the mound against Cubs ace John Lester.