The Chicago Cubs ended the Atlanta Braves' 14-game winning streak with a 1-0 victory on Friday while ending their own 10-game skid in the process. Unfortunately, the game wasn't with some loss for the Cubs, who saw first baseman Frank Schwindel exit during the second inning with a back injury.
At first, it was assumed that Schwindel was dealing with some minor back tightness. Unfortunately, the issue appears to be slightly more serious than that as the Cubs have placed the 29-year-old on the 10-day injured list with a lower-back strain.
Frank Schwindel Injury Update
The injury occurred when the first baseman was running to first base at the bottom of the second inning. Assuming he can heal within the 10 days, Schwindel would be eligible to return for a road contest against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday, June 28.
Schwindel was phenomenal after the Cubs claimed him off waivers from the Oakland Athletics last season. He suited up in 56 games for Chicago, racking up 13 home runs and 40 RBIs while slashing .342/.389/.613.
Much to his dismay, he hasn't been as productive in 2022. While he leads the Cubs with 33 RBIs and ranks third with eight HRs in 62 games, his slash line is significantly worse (.237/.282/386).
Fellow first baseman Alfonso Rivas has been recalled from Triple-A Iowa to take Schwindel's spot in the lineup. The 25-year-old has two HRs and 13 RBIs while batting .194 in 38 games with the Cubs so far this season.
Braves vs Cubs Odds (June 18)
The Cubs search for their second straight win when they host the Braves again at 2:20 p.m. ET on Saturday. Despite Friday's victory, FanDuel Sportsbook has Chicago as the +160 moneyline underdog while Atlanta is the -190 favorite.
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