CLEVELAND -- All it took was two games, some batting practice and lots of hard work over the season by Kyle Schwarber to make it to the World Series. Schwarber, who has spent the year rehabbing from a knee injury suffered in the third game of the season, was added to the Cubs' playoff roster.
Not only is Schwarber on the roster, but he's starting as the designated hitter in Game 1 against the Indians at Progressive Field.
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Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Schwarber would start during his weekly radio show on The Score 670 AM. A team official confirmed to MLB.com that the left-handed hitter was starting in Game 1.
The Cubs will go with 11 pitchers and dropped rookie Rob Zastryzny off their 25-man roster roster.
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Schwarber, who tore the ACL and LCL in his left knee on April 7 in a freak collision with teammate Dexter Fowler in the outfield, got the go-ahead from his orthopedic surgeon and the Cubs medical staff to play in games. His first was on Saturday night in Mesa, Ariz., for the Solar Sox, and he went 0-for-3. On Monday, he was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk, and that apparently was all the Cubs needed to see.
Schwarber gives the Cubs a potent left-handed bat at designated hitter. He will be scrambling for tickets. A Middletown, Ohio, native, Schwarber made his Major League debut in Cleveland in June 2015 and had a huge contingent of family and friends in attendance.
The Cubs continued to carry three catchers in David Ross, who will start tonight, plus Miguel Montero and rookie Willson Contreras. All three have hit home runs in the postseason.
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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.