Chicago Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber will miss the remainder of the 2016 season after suffering a torn ACL and LCL on Thursday, per Jesse Rogers of Rogers reported Schwarber also suffered a severe ankle sprain.’s Carrie Muskat reported the Cubs called up infielder Munenori Kawasaki to take Schwarber’s place on the 25-man roster Friday.

The 23-year-old exited in the second inning of a 14-6 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday following a collision with teammate Dexter Fowler:

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo reacted to the news, per Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times: “It’s just tough man. He did everything to prepare to break out and become an even bigger star. Losing him and what he brings to the lineup is going to be tough. We’ve got guys ready to step up. I know that.”

The former No. 4 overall draft pick entered 2016 with major expectations. In 69 games last year, he batted .246 and slugged .487 to go along with 16 home runs and 43 RBI. Schwarber is a key piece of the youth movement the team hopes can deliver its first World Series title since 1908.

Baseball Prospectus’ Dan Brooks summed up the general reaction of Cubs fans:

FanDuel’s Will Carroll noted Schwarber’s injury could carry significant long-term effects:

Few teams are better prepared to lose a player of Schwarber’s quality than the Cubs. Manager Joe Maddon can move Jorge Soler, who was the designated hitter in Chicago’s wins over the Los Angeles Angels, to left field on a full-time basis. He also shifted Kris Bryant from third base to the outfield after Schwarber’s injury Thursday, which could be another option in the future.

There’s no question, though, that Schwarber figures to be a large part of the Cubs’ future. The team has a number of talented young stars, but nobody else, not even Bryant, possesses Schwarber’s power. While losing him for the rest of the season doesn’t eliminate Chicago as a title contender, it will make ending that World Series drought a lot harder.

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