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Reports: Cubs send struggling Kyle Schwarber to the minors

The Chicago Cubs reportedly are sending struggling Kyle Schwarber to Triple-A in hopes that he will rediscover the stroke that made him one of the majors most promising young sluggers just a couple of months earlier.

Kyle Schwarber is being sent down by the cubs. Rough start caught up to him.

— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) June 22, 2017

The #Cubs send Kyle Schwarber to minors, hoping the demotion will help him relax, and get steady playing time after hitting .171 first half

— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) June 22, 2017

Confirmed: Schwarber to AAA.

— Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub) June 22, 2017

Schwarber, 24, began the season as the Cubs leadoff hitter but then was moved down in the order and became a platoon player in left field after his slow start reached the two-month mark.

In 261 plate appearances this season, he is hitting .171/.295/.378 with 12 homers, 28 RBI and 75 strikeouts.

Schwarber burst onto the scene as a rookie in 2015, hitting 16 homers with an .842 OPS in 69 regular-season games and then clubbing five homers that postseason. His 2016 regular season ended after only two games because of a torn ACL, but he returned unexpectedly for the World Series serving as a DH/pinch hitter, he went 7-for-20 with a double and two RBI.

Also on Thursday, the Cubs are expected to place right fielder Jason Heyward on the DL with a hand injury.

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