Before Kyle Schwarber went 1-for-4 with three strikeouts in his Triple-A Iowa debut Monday night, Cubs manager Joe Maddon accepted responsibility for raising expectations for his struggling slugger. Through 64 games, from the leadoff spot to the bottom of the lineup, Schwarber was batting just.191 on the season.
The Cubs have placed no timetable on Schwarber, who team officials hope will regain his discipline at the plate and hit fastballs with more regularity. But, in Schwarber's case, he sees it as an opportunity to get back what made him successful in the first place.
Fernando Rodriguez (1-0) got the win with two innings of scoreless relief while Kyle Lobstein (0-2) took the loss in the Pacific Coast League game.
Schwarber last played for Iowa in 2015, when he hit.333 in 60 at-bats to convince Chicago he was ready for the big leagues.
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Schwarber then had his 2016 season derailed by a major knee injury in the first week of the season, but he returned to get seven hits in the World Series.
"It's part of the game". Well, sometimes you have to fail in order to reach the top. He puts a lot of pressure on himself because he's such a good teammate, and he's such a victor. He is batting just.171 with 12 homers and 28 RBIs.
"I'm not here to try to change everything".
"I believe in him fully", Maddon said of Schwarber. "I want to help the Cubs get back to the championship". "But for right now, the one thing I got in my back pocket is Louie".