Kyle Schwarber’s improvements evident in spring training


Cubs manager Joe Maddon often uses information to supplement what he witnesses with his own eyes.

And his observations appear accurate after watching a svelte Kyle Schwarber double, triple and run the bases at a brisk pace in Saturday’s 5-1 loss to the Cleveland Indians.

After striking out in his first at-bat against Trevor Bauer, Schwarber ripped a double near the right field fence, and then he pulled a line drive down the right-field line for a triple in the fifth.

Schwarber, who lost at least 30 pounds in the offseason, didn’t hesitate as he rounded first and second base and showed no signs of fatigue as he pulled into third base.

But Schwarber’s forte is hitting, and Maddon witnessed a more disciplined swing prior to Saturday’s game.

“I think (his swing) is more under control – more hands, less arms,” Maddon said. “With that, he’s doing it easier. I…



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