CLEVELAND — An already loaded Cubs team is getting even more offense.
Kyle Schwarber was added to their World Series roster and could start Tuesday night’s Game 1 against the Cleveland Indians as the DH. Schwarber, 23, replaced lefthanded pitcher Rob Zastryzny on the 25-man roster announced Tuesday morning.
Schwarber was expected to miss the rest of 2016 following the knee surgery but was cleared medically on Oct. 17 to return. He played a pair of games in the Arizona Fall League, going 1 for 6 with a double and two walks, and flew to Cleveland on Monday.
Manager Joe Maddon had strongly indicated on Monday afternoon that Schwarber, who tore two ligaments in his left knee in the Cubs’ third game of the season, would be added to the 25-man World Series roster.
“Reports are good,” Maddon said Monday.
Schwarber hit 16 homers in 69 games last season after being called up from the minors and added five more homers in the postseason.
“He’s been doing everything,” Maddon said. “He’s swinging the bat well. He’s running really well. He’s done some sliding drills, all that kind of stuff. So we’ll wait until he plays [Monday night] and then make an evaluation after that.”
Both clubs were required to submit their rosters for the World Series by 10 a.m. Tuesday.
Salazar to return
Cleveland manager Terry Francona said righthander Danny Salazar, who has not pitched since Sept. 9 because of forearm tightness, was all but certain to be on his club’s roster. Francona said the Indians will go with righties Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer and Josh Tomlin, “then after the third game, [we’ll] kind of see where we are.”
He indicated an option might be piggybacking Salazar and rookie lefthander Ryan Merritt, who threw 4 1⁄3 scoreless innings in a clinching Game 5 victory over the Blue Jays in the American League Championship Series. Salazar, 26, who pitched simulated games Thursday and Sunday, was 11-6 with a 3.87 ERA in 25 starts this season.
Bauer still a question for Game 2
Bauer, who suffered a laceration on his right pinkie in a drone accident that cost him his Game 2 start in the ALCS and forced him to be removed after two-thirds of an inning in his Game 3 outing on Oct. 17 when the wound burst, threw a live batting practice session Monday night.
“The hope is that he’s ready to pitch on Wednesday,” Francona said. “But if there’s any ambiguity or questions, we’ll bump him back to Game 3.”