Cubs rookie Kyle Schwarber played the outfield for the first time in his career this season, and Schwarber will make another debut on Wednesday.
The Cubs rookie has 113 at-bats in the No. 2 hole, but manager Joe Maddon wants to insert Schwarber as the leadoff man while Dexter Fowler has the day off.
Eleven of Schwarber’s 12 home runs have come in the No. 2 spot this season, including a three-run home run against San Francisco on Tuesday. Schwarber’s last three hits have been home runs.
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In the last seven games, besides his three home runs, Schwarber has struggled. The Cubs rookie is hitting .157 with 10 strikeouts during that span. Maybe a change in the batting order will rejuvenate Schwarber’s bat.