Schwarber is not in the lineup Sunday against the Marlins, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
Schwarber started all 17 games since being activated from the COVID-19 injured list April 12, but he'll take a seat after posting a .200/.268/.354 slash line and 32.4 strikeout rate. Josh Harrison will shift to left field while Jordy Mercer starts at the keystone against southpaw Trevor Rogers.
Schwarber went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Friday's 2-1 extra-inning win over Miami.
Schwarber sent the second pitch he saw from Miami closer Yimi Garcia over the wall in right-center field to give Washington the walkoff win. Both of Schwarber's homers this year have been of the walkoff variety. The 28-year-old is slashing .206/.254/.365 with five RBI, six runs scored and no stolen bases across 67 plate appearances.
Schwarber went 1-for-4 with a home run in Friday's win over Arizona.
Schwarber's first home run with Washington couldn't have come at a better time, as his mammoth ninth-inning blast -- measured at 463 feet -- off Alex Young gave the Nationals the win in a low-scoring affair. The former Cubs outfielder is only hitting .227 with a .715 OPS, but this blast ended his streak of 12 straight at-bats without a hit.
Schwarber will start in left field and bat fourth Wednesday against the Cardinals, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
After being activated from the COVID-19 injured list earlier this week, Schwarber batted out of the No. 5 spot in his first two games with the Nationals. He's provided an early impact for Washington in the heart of the order, going 4-for-9 with a pair of doubles, an RBI and a run between the contests. With Josh Bell resting for the series finale in St. Louis, Schwarber will get his first look out of the cleanup spot, slotting in between Ryan Zimmerman and Josh Harrison.
Schwarber is starting Monday's game against the Cardinals.
Schwarber was activated from the COVID-19 injured list Monday, and he'll make his team debut for the series opener in St. Louis. The 28-year-old is starting in left field and batting fifth Monday.
Schwarber (COVID-19 protocols) was activated from the COVID-19 injured list Monday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Schwarber has been on the COVID-19 injured list since the start of the season. The left fielder should be a welcome addition for the Nationals after they lost their last five games, but it's not yet clear whether Schwarber will be available immediately. If Schwarber still needs a day or two to prepare for his debut with the team, Andrew Stevenson could continue to see increased playing time for Washington.
Schwarber could be cleared through the league's COVID-19 protocols as soon as Monday but will likely need another day or two afterward to get ready to rejoin the lineup, Maria Torres of The Athletic reports.
Manager Dave Martinez said Sunday that Schwarber, Josh Bell and Josh Harrison could all be back in action early this week provided they received clearance by Monday. The Nats could certainly use three members of their expected starting lineup back after losing five straight games and getting shut out three times in the last four, but there's no guarantee the trio is able to shake off the rust quickly. Schwarber will take over in left field for Washington when he returns, hitting in the heart of the order, at least against right-handed pitching.
The Nationals placed Schwarber on the COVID-19 injured list Tuesday, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports.
Schwarber is one of nine Nationals players on the 40-man roster who will begin the campaign on the IL as a result of the team's recent COVID-19 outbreak. Prior reports have suggested that only four of the players in question have actually tested positive for the virus, but it's uncertain whether Schwarber is one of the infected players or merely a close contact. According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, players that tested positive will be eligible to return after 10 days in quarantine, while those ruled out through contact tracing can return after a week. With Schwarber thus set to miss at least the next 7-to-10 days, Andrew Stevenson is likely to take over as the Nationals' primary option in left field.
The Nationals are expected to be without Schwarber due to COVID-19 protocols if MLB clears the team to begin its season during the upcoming week, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Schwarber is among the nine members of the Nationals organization currently in quarantine because of COVID-19 protocols, though the club hasn't disclosed whether he's one of the four players who has tested positive or if he's merely a close contact of an infected individual. If the Nationals are able to play Monday against Atlanta, Schwarber is unlikely to be available for any of the three games of the series, and he'll be at risk of missing additional time beyond that, too. Andrew Stevenson and Yadiel Hernandez would presumably be the leading candidates to pick up starts in Schwarber's stead.
Schwarber went 2-for-2 with a double, a home run and a walk in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Astros.
The Nats' power bats lit up Jake Odorizzi for four homers in this one, with Schwarber connecting on the final one. The 28-year-old slugger has found his swing over the last week or so, and he now sports a .270/.400/.676 slash line through 45 plate appearances this spring with three doubles, four homers and a 7:14 BB:K.
Schwarber has gone 4-for-24 (.167) with one home run and 10 strikeouts through 10 Grapefruit League games this spring.
He's also drawn four walks, so Schwarber's spring has been a microcosm of his big-league career. As long as he hits 30-plus homers again -- something the 28-year-old has done twice before -- the Nats will live with his swing-and-miss issues.
Schwarber has worked this offseason to adjust his batting stance in an effort to better handle balls low in the zone, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
In college, Schwarber had more of a pronounced squat to his stance, but in the majors he's gradually straightened up to deal with high heat. After signing with the Nats in January, he met up with hitting coach Kevin Long and worked on a swing that attempted to balance the two approaches while also staying back a touch longer. Schwarber's power has never been in question, but an improved ability to make hard contact on the edges of the strike zone could get his batting average back into a palatable range without sacrificing home runs.
Schwarber signed a one-year, $10 million contract with the Nationals on Saturday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Schwarber's deal is dependent on him passing a physical, but he should play left field for the Nationals in 2021 with Juan Soto moving to right. The 27-year-old was non-tendered by the Cubs after a disappointing season in which he slashed .188/.308/.393 with 11 home runs and 24 RBI. He'll attempt to right the ship in Washington after averaging 31.3 home runs per season over the three years leading up to 2020.
Schwarber was non-tendered by the Cubs on Wednesday, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports.
All signs point to the Cubs embracing a rebuild, so they opted not to pay a left fielder/designated hitter for past performance in arbitration. He has always mashed righties, but he probably fits best as a DH who can sit against southpaws. Schwarber hit .188 in 224 plate appearances last season, but he hit .250/.339/.531 with 38 home runs in 2019 and is only turning 28 in March.
Schwarber went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in Friday's 10-0 win over the White Sox.
Schwarber hit his 11th home run of the season in the second inning against White Sox starter Dylan Cease. The slugger is still batting under .200 for the year, so it's really been an all-or-nothing type campaign. He should continue to get regular playing time in left field heading into the playoffs next week.
Schwarber went 2-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI and a run scored in Monday's 5-0 win over the Pirates.
A night after being removed early from a game for an uninspired effort retrieving a ball in left field, Schwarber looked locked in. He's still batting under .200, but the 27-year-old is capable of producing good numbers in spurts, so the Cubs will hope he heats up for the playoffs. Schwarber was removed from this game as well, but it was for a pinch-runner in the eighth inning, so it appears as if Sunday's transgression is in the rearview mirror.
Schwarber is starting in left field and batting cleanup in Monday's game against the Pirates.
Schwarber was removed from Sunday's contest in the top of the third inning, and it seemed like the move was made due to a play an inning earlier, where the 27-year-old was a bit slow to retrieve a ball hit to the left field corner. When asked about it after the game, Chicago manager David Ross said, "Kyle Schwarber is a true professional in every sense of the word, and I'll leave it at that," Gordon Wittenmyer of NBC Sports Chicago reports, so it seems like the Cubs are trying to keep the situation in house and move on. For the season, Schwarber is slashing .190/.306/.393 with 10 home runs in 52 games.
Schwarber was removed from Sunday's game against the Twins in the top of the third inning, and manager David Ross said "he's fine" when asked about an injury during the broadcast.
In the top of the second inning, Schwarber was a bit slow in retrieving a ball hit to the corner by Jake Cave and it ended up going for a triple. It's possible that Ross was sending a message by removing Schwarber for that effort, though more details will likely emerge after the game. Schwarber went 0-for-1 as the cleanup hitter while he was in the contest. Cameron Maybin replaced him in left field.
Schwarber is not in Thursday's lineup against the Reds.
He will head to the bench against a righty (Sonny Gray), which is a bit of a rarity for Schwarber. For what little it's worth, Schwarber has a .214 average with five strikeouts and zero home runs in 14 career at-bats against Gray. Cameron Maybin will start in left field while David Bote starts at designated hitter.
Schwarber will be on the bench Wednesday against the Pirates.
Schwarber hits the bench even with righty Joe Musgrove on the mound for Pittsburgh. He hasn't actually been platooned this season, as he's started against all but one lefty and all but two righties. Steven Souza Jr. will be the left fielder Wednesday.
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