Kyle Schwarber returns to Cubs after successful Triple-A stint

Two weeks after being exiled to Triple-A following a miserable start to the season, Kyle Schwarber is set to rejoin the Cubs on Thursday.

ESPN Chicago first reported the slugger will be back in the majors for the final four games before the All-Star break. According to and other outlets, the Cubs will make room for him on the roster by placing starter John Lackey on the 10-day disabled list with plantar fasciitis in his right foot.

The Cubs had hoped a change of scenery and less pressure would help Schwarber work his way out of a brutal year at the plate that has left him with a .171/.295/.378 slash line and 75 strikeouts in 261 plate appearances.

If 11 games against Triple-A pitching is any indication, the 24-year-old should return to Chicago in a much better frame of mind. Schwarber was 12 for 35 (.343) with four home runs and nine RBIs with Iowa, and while his 12 strikeouts in 44 plate appearances aren’t ideal, the Cubs know whiffs are part of the package with Schwarber.

Lackey’s DL move will buy some extra time for the 38-year-old hurler to recuperate before his first start after the All-Star break. He turned in a quality start in Wednesday’s win over the Rays but has struggled to a

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