Cubs keep door open for Schwarber

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Chicago Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber has recovered faster than expected and could be added to the team's MLB World Series roster by Tuesday's deadline.

When Schwarber tore the ACL and LCL in his left knee the first week of April, it appeared his season was finished.

But Cubs manager Joe Maddon said the club will wait until Schwarber plays in a Arizona Fall League game on Monday and will fly to Cleveland to join the Cubs a day later.

The Cubs will make a decision on Schwarber's status before rosters are due Tuesday.  

"Right now he's doing everything well and right. He's given us another option to think about," Maddon said during World Series media day.

"He's running really well, actually. He's done some sliding drills, all that kind of stuff to just test the whole thing out."

Schwarber, the franchise's all-time leading postseason home run hitter, would likely only be available for pinch-hitting and designated hitter duties.

He went 0-for-three with a walk in his first Arizona Fall League game on Saturday.

"We're not ruling anything out or anything in at this point, and we're not going to get ahead of ourselves, either,'' president of baseball operations Theo Epstein told reporters Monday, about Schwarber's possible return.