Cubs OF Kyle Schwarber Out For The Year With ACL, LCL Tears

Ryan Phillips

Kyle Schwarber was injured in a brutal outfield collision Thursday night, and the young Chicago Cubs slugger had to be carted off the field. After a day of evaluation it turns out the prayers from Cubs fans have not been answered. Schwarber will reportedly miss the rest of the 2016 season.

Schwarber tore both the ACL and LCL in his left knee while also sustaining a severe ankle sprain. Unfortunately for the 23-year-old, it’s going to take a long time for him to get fully healthy. Jorge Soler will likely move into a starting role in left field for the Cubs and Dexter Fowler’s spot in center seems solidified.

Schwarber was a revelation when he hit the big leagues last summer. As a rookie the sweet-swinging lefty hit .246 with 16 home runs and 43 RBI in 69 games. The fact that his OPS was .842 as a 22-year-old was wildly impressive. He also hit .333 with five home runs and eight RBI in the playoffs with a ridiculous OPS of 1.308. The Indiana product was considered a huge part of Chicago’s future and its push toward a World Series title this season.

Now the Cubs will have to pray Schwarber can come back healthy next season and not suffer any long-term effects from the injury.

Video of the collision is below: