The Cubs are bringing up touted prospect Kyle Schwarber on Tuesday but will not insert him into the starting lineup, manager Joe Maddon told WSCR-AM radio on Tuesday.
The left-handed slugger will be available to pinch-hit against the Indians at Wrigley Field, Maddon said.
With interleague games on the schedule this week — and five at AL parks — the Cubs brought Schwarber up to serve as designated hitter. The Cubs play in Cleveland on Wednesday and Thursday before a three-game weekend series at Minnesota.
Schwarber is hitting .320 at Double-A Tennessee with 13 home runs and a 1.017 OPS. He’s 6-for-18 in his last five games.
Schwarber, a catcher, has proven his worth offensively but still has work to do on defense. He’ll serve as the Cubs’ third option behind the plate, backing up Miguel Montero and David Ross.
Schwarber is the 19th-ranked prospect in baseball, according to Baseball America.