Cubs place Schwarber on DL with knee injury; recall Kawasaki

The Cubs today placed catcher Kyle Schwarber on the 15-day disabled list with torn ligaments in his left knee (ACL and LCL) and a severe left ankle sprain, and recalled infielder Munenori Kawasaki from Triple-A Iowa.

Kawasaki, who will wear uniform No. 66, will be available for the Cubs tonight as they continue their four-game series at the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The 34-year-old Kawasaki signed a minor-league contract with the Cubs last offseason after spending part of the last four years with the Seattle Mariners (2012) and Toronto Blue Jays (2013-15), batting .234 (143-for-612) with 16 doubles, one homer and a .314 on-base percentage in 262 major league games. The versatile Kawasaki has played in 109 games at second base, 102 games at shortstop and 23 games at third base.

The left-handed hitter played in a career-high 96 games for the Blue Jays in 2013. He batted .214 (6-for-28) with two doubles and two RBI in 23 games for Toronto last season. Kawasaki was Iowa’s starting shortstop last night vs. Round Rock (0-for-3).

Kawasaki played professionally in Japan for 11 seasons for the Fukuoka Hawks, earning All-Star honors in each of his final eight seasons through the 2011 campaign. He played for Japan in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and in the 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classics.

Schwarber, 23, was hitless in four at-bats this season prior to suffering his injury in the second inning of last night’s game. In his rookie campaign last season, he batted .246 (57-for-232) with 16 home runs and 43 RBI in 69 games. He hit five postseason home runs to set the all-time franchise record.

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