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Schwarber out for year after collision

Cubs’ Kyle Schwarber has two torn ligaments in his left knee.

Cubs’ Kyle Schwarber has two torn ligaments in his left knee.

CHICAGO — Cubs sophomore slugger Kyle Schwarber was ruled out for the year Friday after an MRI exam revealed a full tear of two ligaments in his left knee and an ankle sprain.

INF Munenori Kawasaki was promoted from Triple-A Iowa to take his spot.

Schwarber was diagnosed with tears of the anterior collateral ligament and lateral collateral ligament after the leftfielder collided with CF Dexter Fowler while chasing a line drive in Thursday's game at Arizona.

Schwarber, 23, hit 16 home runs in 69 games as a rookie, and hit a franchise-record five home runs in nine postseason games.

"A young man in his sophomore season in the big leagues," manager Joe Maddon said, "one of the most refreshing and talented in all of major-league baseball. Now to be out for the rest of the season, it's not easy."

HOSMER THE HERO: Royals 1B Eric Hosmer rescued a girl from being trampled after she was knocked down outside the Sprint Center in Kansas City following a Justin Bieber concert Wednesday night. When Hosmer was leaving the concert with several teammates, he was mobbed by mostly teenage girls, with one getting knocked down. Hosmer said he simply did what anybody would do: "You see a gal on the floor, you help her up." He said he was surprised by the attention: "I guess that's what happens when you win a world championship — you become more popular."

GOMEZ ON RETIREMENT: Astros CF Carlos Gomez says he'd like to retire as a member of the Brewers, the team that traded him to Houston last summer. Gomez returned to Miller Park for the first time since the trade. Gomez said Milwaukee stuck with him when he struggled earlier in his career.

Mets: RHP Zack Wheeler is scheduled to have a minor procedure Tuesday to remove a suture knot in his right forearm, which is residue from March 2015 Tommy John surgery. The suture knot has caused skin irritation, but Wheeler should resume his throwing program within a few days. The club is targeting July 1 for Wheeler's return to the rotation. … Former pennant-winning Mets stars Rusty Staub, John Franco and Edgardo Alfonzo raised the 2015 NL championship banner before Friday's win over the Phillies.

Phillies: 3B Maikel Franco, hit by a pitch Thursday in Cincinnati, sat out with a sore left forearm.

Reds: 1B Brandon Allen, a Ray in 2012, was called up from Triple-A Louisville and RHP Robert Stephenson was sent to Louisville.

Yankees: LHP CC Sabathia faces the Tigers today (1, MLB Network, 620-AM), his first start since missing the postseason last year while undergoing alcohol rehabilitation.

Schwarber out for year after collision 04/08/16 [Last modified: Friday, April 8, 2016 9:54pm]
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