According to Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic, Kyle Schwarber could serve as the Cubs' designated hitter should they advance to the World Series.
Schwarber will begin playing in the Arizona Fall League on Saturday. If he proves his health over the next couple of days there and the Cubs advance past the Dodgers, there's a very real possibility that Schwarber (who is the club's all-time leader in postseason home runs with five) could return.
Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports that Kyle Schwarber will play in the Arizona Fall League to continue his recovery from knee surgery.
He's expected to debut for the Mesa Solar Sox on Saturday. The 23-year-old missed nearly the entire 2016 season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL and LCL in his left knee. He is well ahead of schedule in his recovery and has shown gradual improvement in his agility drills over the past month. He remains a big part of the Cubs' plans heading into the 2017 season.
Carter Capps (elbow) is reportedly ahead of schedule in his recovery from Tommy John surgery and could be ready for the start of the 2017 season.
The hard-throwing right-hander has been throwing aggressively for nearly a month now. A dominant arm in the late innings, Capps could be looked at as a solution in the ninth inning for the Padres in 2017.
The Padres announced Saturday that Cesar Vargas (elbow) will pitch in the Mexican Winter League.
The right-hander missed the final four months of the regular season due to a flexor strain in his pitching elbow. He posted a 5.03 ERA, 1.65 WHIP and 28/15 K/BB ratio across 34 innings before the injury struck.
The Padres announced Saturday that Jarred Cosart underwent successful surgery to remove loose bodies from his pitching elbow.
The bone spur in his elbow caused Cosart to miss his final two starts of the regular season. He'll be sidelined for the next six weeks before he's able to resume throwing. The club believes that he'll be fully recovered and ready to go for the start of spring training.