Frank Schwindel forced out of Friday’s Cubs game with back injury
The Cubs’ lengthy list of injured players added a new member Friday afternoon.
First baseman Frank Schwindel came up limping in the 2nd inning against the Braves at Wrigley Field. He had just grounded the ball to third base and as he attempted to sprint down the line, he started hobbling. The team announced the injury as low back tightness and he will continue to be evaluated.
Schwindel was thrown out on the play and ended up walking off under his own power alongside Cubs trainer P.J. Mainville and manager David Ross.
“He’s a little sore,” Ross said after the game. “We’ll check him tomorrow. I think he said he’s already gotten three rounds of treatment on it. Still a little stiff in the back. We’ll see how he wakes up tomorrow. I would assume he’s gonna be a little stiff.”
P.J. Higgins trotted out to first base to start the 3rd inning, replacing Schwindel in the game. Higgins made a nice play on the final out of the game, beating Orlando Arcia to the bag to secure the 1-0 victory.
“His versatility’s really valuable and we’ve talked about how good we think he is in the field,” Ross said of Higgins.
Schwindel dealt with a back injury in Spring Training, missing about a week of camp to tend to the issue.
The 29-year-old is hitting .237/.282/.386 on the season with 8 homers. He leads the team with 33 RBI.
The Cubs have lost 10 games in a row and are also without one of their best hitters with Seiya Suzuki also on the IL.