Ohio native and Cubs super slugger may recover from injury in time to play in World Series

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CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 16: at Wrigley Field on August 16, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

ARIZONA – It’s a long shot, but the Cubs all-time postseason home run leader might be headed toward an epic return. The Ohio native just might prove he’s recovered enough from an early season injury to play against the Indians in the World Series.

According to a report from The Athletic, there’s “a very slim chance” that outfielder and Middletown, Ohio native Kyle Schwarber could end up on the Cubs World Series roster (if the Cubs win the NLCS, that is).

Schwarber will reportedly take another step in his rehabilitation Saturday, when he plays his first game in months for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League. He tore ligaments in his left knee shortly after the season began in April.

Kyle Schwarber attended Middletown High School, where his batting average was .408. He was a star on the  Indiana University baseball team, playing on the US collegiate national team after his sophomore year.

He would have to have a very good outing to give the Cubs confidence that he’s worth a roster spot –  the roster deadline is Tuesday morning.

But, if he starts up where he left off, Schwarber could make it quite the series against his home-state team, especially when you factor in the fact that the designated hitter has been added to the Series.