Sch­war­ber sta­tus hot topic on Se­ries off day

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

Kyle Sch­war­ber has al­ready made an im­pact in this se­ries and has looked so com­fort­able at the plate that his sta­tus for Games 3-5 in Chicago is sure to be a sig­nif­i­cant topic dur­ing Thurs­day’s day off.

What to watch for dur­ing to­day’s break be­fore Game 3 of the World Se­ries:

Sch­war­ber’s sta­tus

Kyle Sch­war­ber has al­ready made an im­pact in this se­ries after re­turn­ing from a se­vere knee in­jury that cost him al­most the en­tire sea­son. He drove in two runs in Game 2 and has looked so com­fort­able at the plate that his sta­tus for Games 3-5 in Chicago is sure to be a sig­nif­i­cant topic dur­ing Thurs­day’s day off. The Cubs can’t use him as a des­ig­nated hit­ter at home, so it’s a ques­tion of whether he can play the field.

Sch­war­ber was in left field for his only two games of the reg­u­lar sea­son in early April, and man­ager Joe Mad­don said it’s pos­si­ble he could take some fly­balls dur­ing Thurs­day’s work­out at Wrigley Field.

The In­di­ans have a sim­i­lar is­sue. They’ll have to be cre­ative if they want to keep Car­los San­tana and Mike Napoli in the lineup with­out the DH when the Se­ries re­sumes Fri­day night.

The countdown

While Cleve­land fans were fired up to host the first two games of this se­ries — es­pe­cially with Game 1 on the same night the Cava­liers raised their cham­pi­onship ban­ner — the mo­ment when the Cubs take their po­si­tions for the first World Se­ries game at Wrigley Field since 1945 will be some­thing spe­cial. Even the off­day work­out, when they take the field with Se­ries patches on their hats, may seem like an­other land­mark mo­ment.

Rested

The In­di­ans had to throw 196 pitches in Game 2, but the stars of their bullpen — An­drew Miller and Cody Allen — got the night off. With an­other day off be­fore Game 3, there’s no rea­son man­ager Terry Fran­cona can’t work his top re­liev­ers hard again if Cleve­land reaches the mid­dle in­nings with a lead.

Starters

Kyle Hen­dricks re­turns to the mound for the Cubs in Game 3, pitch­ing for the first time since lead­ing Chicago to a pen­nant-win­ning vic­tory in Game 6 of the NL Cham­pi­onship Se­ries at Wrigley. It’s been a much longer lay­off for Cleve­land starter Josh Tom­lin, who pitched well in Game 2 of the ALCS against Toronto on Oct. 15 and hasn’t made an ap­pear­ance since.

GENE J. PUSKAR — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Cleve­land In­di­ans catcher Roberto Perez watches as Chicago Cubs’ Kyle Sch­war­ber scores on a bases loaded walk dur­ing the fifth in­ning of Game 2 of the Ma­jor League Base­ball World Se­ries Wed­nes­day in Cleve­land.

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