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Kyle Schwarber, Chicago Cubs outfielder, has torn ACL, LCL

Chicago Cubs outfielder has a torn ACL and LCL, per reports, likely ending his season

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Kyle Schwarber, the Chicago Cubs outfielder who was injured in a collision yesterday with Dexter Fowler, has a fully torn ACL and LCL, per reports on Twitter.  That would presumably end his season.

The injury is a pretty significant blow for the Cubs, who had Schwarber as their starting left fielder.  This also complicates the team's long-term plans for Schwarber, who was the #4 overall pick in 2014 as a catcher, and who has been attempting to convert to playing the outfield.  Schwarber is likely best suited to be a DH, and with Anthony Rizzo at 1B, the Cubs can't hide Schwarber there.  The plan had been to stash him in left field and hope that his bat would overcome his defensive shortcomings, but with Schwarber losing the 2016 season, and now dealing with a reconstructed knee in 2017, it remains to be seen whether he will be able to stay in the outfield.