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Schwarber's out, but definitely not forgotten

Posted: 8:51 PM, Apr 11, 2016
Updated: 2016-04-12 03:23:30Z
Schwarber's out, but definitely not forgotten
Schwarber's out, but definitely not forgotten
Schwarber's out, but definitely not forgotten

CHICAGO -- Kyle Schwarber might miss the rest of the season with the Cubs because of a knee injury, but you wouldn't know it from Monday night's applause at Wrigley Field.

Schwarber, a Middletown, Ohio, native got a huge standing ovation as he climbed the dugout steps -- crutch in hand -- and stepped onto the field for the Cubs' home opener against the Reds.

 

Kyle Schwarber gets a HUGE ovation as he’s introduced at Wrigley Field.

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The Cubs played a video tribute to Middletown High School grad whose now-iconic home run last October helped the long-beleaguered ball club clinch a postseason series at Wrigley Field for the first time in history.

Schwarber's tape-measure blast in the seventh-inning against the Cardinals landed -- and sat -- on top of the scoreboard.

Oct. 13, 2015. Schwarber celebrates at the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the seventh inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during game four of the National League Division Series at Wrigley Field. Photo by David Banks/Getty Images

Just a few days into this season, the left fielder and fan favorite suffered a left ankle sprain during the Cubs' win over the Arizona Diamondbacks last Thursday. Initial X-rays taken Thursday night were negative, ESPN reported, but an MRI taken Friday revealed a fully torn left ACL and LCL in his left knee.

The Middletown High star was the Cubs' top pick in the 2015 draft and the fourth pick overall.