The Cubs and Indians are both getting an added boost to their World Series rosters.
Slugging outfielder Kyle Schwarber was officially added to the Cubs roster on Tuesday morning after missing the past six months recovering from a torn ACL, while rotation standout Danny Salazar returns to the Indians pitching staff after missing the last six weeks with a flexor strain in his right forearm.
Schwarber, 23, is expected to start at designated hitter in Game 1 on Tuesday night. He hit five home runs in nine games during the 2015 postseason for the Cubs. He played only two games this season before suffering his torn ACL during an outfield collision with center fielder Dexter Fowler, but has been rehabbing in the Arizona Fall League in anticipation of a World Series return. He had a double and two walks in eight plate appearances with the Mesa Solar Sox. Schwarber replaces lefthander Rob Zastryzny on the Cubs’ World Series roster, their only change from the NLCS against the Dodgers.
Salazar, 26, went 11-6, 3.87 in 25 starts for the Indians this year. He is not currently penciled in as a probable starter and is expected to come out of the bullpen for Cleveland in the series. He replaces reliever Cody Anderson, the only change from Cleveland’s ALCS roster. Lefthander Ryan Merritt made the World Series roster after starting the clinching game of the ALCS in just his fifth big league appearance, but is not currently listed as a starter. Cleveland said Corey Kluber, Josh Tomlin and Trevor Bauer will start the first three games with their Game 4 starter TBD.
Here are the complete World Series rosters.