Cubs lose Schwarber for the season with torn ACL, LCL

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Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber is out for the season with a torn ACL and torn LCL in his left knee suffered in a collision with fellow outfielder Dexter Fowler Thursday night in Arizona.

Schwarber left the game with what was initially reported as a sprained ankle but an MRI Friday revealed the injury was far more severe.

The ACL, LCL injuries are the same injuries suffered by Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith against Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl.

Munenori Kawasaki replaces Schwarber on the roster. Jorge Soler will start in left field Friday at Arizona.

Schwarber had a standout career at Indiana before being selected 4th overall by the Cubs in the 2014 draft. He moved up in the minor league system quickly and burst into the Cubs lineup last season. He had .246 with 16 home runs and 43 RBI in 69 games in 2015.

The 23-year-old has played mostly outfield since joining the Cubs. Although his long term plan could be at catcher.

The Cubs are 3-0 to start the 2016 season and Schwarber is a big young piece in what is a season of high expectations on the North Side.