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Kyle Schwarber might only have a sprained ankle, but an MRI is coming

Friday's Say Hey, Baseball includes Schwarber's collision, an eruption of awful in Philadelphia and the importance of lineup construction.

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Kyle Schwarber got into an ugly outfield collision with Dexter Fowler on Thursday night, and the first thoughts of everyone who saw it (OK, everyone whose first thoughts weren't "I told you so" or "My fantasy team!" anyway) was that Schwarber's season was over because his knee had essentially exploded. That doesn't seem to the case, though, as far as early X-rays are concerned: Schwarber has, to this point, been diagnosed with a sprained ankle. He's not out of the proverbial woods yet, though, as he will undergo an MRI on his knee and ankle on Friday to make sure that the initial scans didn't miss anything significant.

Were the Cubs to lose Schwarber for any length of time, they at least do have the depth on-hand to replace him. Jorge Soler had been pushed out of a starting role thanks to the ascension of Schwarber, the signing of Jason Heyward and the re-signing of Dexter Fowler. He served as the Cubs' designated hitter against the Angels to open the season, and then entered Thursday's game as a pinch-hitter after Schwarber's collision. And while Soler wasn't great in 2015 when he was the primary right fielder, he's still just 24 and not that far removed from being an exciting prospect.

There is also the option of moving Ben Zobrist to the outfield from second base and letting Tommy La Stella play second, or, if he's ready to return, putting Javier Baez at one of the two spots. None of these options are as appealing as Schwarber, but if the worst comes to pass and there's something far more wrong with him than a sprained ankle, then at least the Cubs have options to consider.