Resurgent slugger Kyle Schwarber could rejoin the Chicago Cubs by the end of their six-game homestand.
“I wouldn’t expect him to be to much longer,” said Jaron Madison, the Cubs director of player development, of Schwarber, who is batting .333 (10-for-30) with four home runs in nine games since being optioned to Triple-A Iowa.
“He still has some things to work out, get some at-bats, but the at-bats I saw were under control. They were driving the ball the other way. He had an (opposite field) home run that was crushed. He hit three home runs over the scoreboard.
“He’s pretty close. I think he’s feeling good where he is.”
Manager Joe Maddon said preferred to let the Cubs player development staff handle Schwarber and not pester him with questions.
But Maddon did say that Schwarber would not be called up in time for the Cubs’ two-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays starting Tuesday.
Nevertheless, Madison said a Schwarber promotion before the All-Star Break is “not out of the question.”
“It will be up to how he performs in Oklahoma City” and take it series by series, with the final decision made by President Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer.
Hitting coordinator Andy Haines will stay with Schwarber at least through the Oklahoma City series.
“It’s just getting back to who he was as a hitter, a hitter with power,” said Madison, who saw Schwarber recently. “Really, it was getting him balanced, centered, and drive the ball to all fields with power.”