UPDATE: Frank Schwindel is headed to the 10-day Injured List today, and first baseman Alfonso Rivas is being recalled from Iowa. As is often cited, Schwindel has been an above-average hitter since that near grand slam in San Diego, but he’s hit just .242/.307/.364/84 wRC+ since May 30.
As for Rivas, the 25-year-old lefty bat was really struggling in his limited big league opportunities this year, hitting .194/.296/.301/70 wRC+, and striking out an unsightly 32.4% of the time.
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More injury news. Frank Schwindel just left today’s game with the trainer after appearing to hurt himself running out a grounder. P.J. Higgins took over for Schwindel.
It had the look of a hamstring strain – the kind where the guy is running running running, and then comes up gimpy as he reaches first base – but I couldn’t tell for sure. Clearly something stung or grabbed him while he was running, though, and there was no question he was leaving.
Official word from the Cubs is that Schwindel was removed with low back tightness. You may recall that Schwindel dealt with a back issue in Spring Training, and there was some thinking that it could have played a part in his early-season timing issues at the plate.