Cubs could get Schwarber back if they reach World Series

FILE - In this March 26, 2016 file photo, Chicago Cubs' Kyle Schwarber bats against the San Francisco Giants during a spring training baseball game in Mesa, Ariz. Most major league teams deal with injuries of some significance at some point in the season, from spring training right down to September. Covering those holes in the playoffs can be a big deal, or can create opportunities for a relatively unknown player to move into the limelight and succeed. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
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CHICAGO (AP) Injured slugger Kyle Schwarber could return for the Chicago Cubs if they make it to the World Series.

The Cubs had ruled Schwarber out for the year after he tore two ligaments in his left knee during an outfield collision in April. But a couple of positive medical reports led the team to activate the catcher/outfielder from the 60-day disabled list on Saturday so it could check him out in the Arizona Fall League.

Schwarber's return would be a big boost for Chicago, which had a 3-2 series lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers heading into Game 6 of the NLCS. He hit .333 with a franchise-record five homers in nine playoff games last year, including a drive that reached the top of a Wrigley Field videoboard.

Left-hander Giovanni Soto was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.