Schwarber played 11 games after being demoted in late June, hitting .343 with four home runs. He was on his way from Oklahoma City, where Iowa was playing this week, to Chicago and should be available for Thursday’s afternoon contest against the Milwaukee Brewers.
The 24-year-old Schwarber was sent down after hitting .171 in 64 games with the Cubs, many in the leadoff spot. On Wednesday, manager Joe Maddon indicated Schwarber could return to the leadoff role but also said he liked Jon Jay batting first when the Cubs face a right-hander. Jay hit a pinch-hit, game-tying three-run homer in Wednesday’s 7-3 win over Tampa Bay.
To make room for Schwarber on the roster, John Lackey is expected to go on the disabled list with plantar fasciitis, but the pitcher shouldn’t miss any starts, a source told ESPN. Lackey pitched his last game of the first half Wednesday.
The Cubs face the Brewers on Thursday in a makeup game with righty Zach Davies on the mound for Milwaukee while the Cubs counter with lefty Mike Montgomery. The Cubs trail the Brewers by 3½ games in the National League Central.