The Cubs still see Kyle Schwarber as a catcher long-term.
But for 2015 with both Miguel Montero and David Ross healthy and playing well, it will be hard to find time to get the hot-hitting rookie behind the plate.
For the fifth straight game, Schwarber was penned into the lineup as the Cubs' left fielder Wednesday night. Ross caught one of those games, and Montero caught his fourth straight Wednesday since coming off the disabled list.
"There might be spots for him to (catch) the rest of the way and certainly long-term, we still see him as a catcher," Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said Wednesday. "But I think right now, we're so hot and clicking so well with this alignment that there's not really a reason to go away from it.
"But I think there are spots. We've talked about finding the right spots for him to get back there at some point. I think he'll do a lot of both."
Schwarber's move to left field was a way for the Cubs to keep his bat in the lineup every day, as Joe Maddon got creative and moved Chris Coghlan to second base (and Starlin Castro to the bench).
Schwarber entered play Wednesday with a .997 OPS and has helped jumpstart this Cubs offense since the All-Star Break.
There were questions about whether or not Schwarber could catch well enough to play the position in the big leagues, but the rookie has put in all the hard work and received rave reviews from his teammates, coaches and the Cubs front office for his progression behind the plate.
Even though he's been playing left field over the last week, Schwarber still has been working with Cubs catching coach Mike Borzello and catching bullpens before games.
Maddon wants to make sure Schwarber still has a chance to put that hard work to use in game situations, though, and the Cubs skipper said that chance could come against the White Sox over the weekend when two left-handed starters will likely force Montero to the bench.
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"I gotta get him back there at some point," Maddon said. "I don't want him to lose all that good work he's done. It's just about the schedule and how it's gonna play, like (Thursday is) gonna be Jon (Lester pitching) and that will be David (Ross catching).
"I need to figure it out. (Schwarber has) made so much progress with it. He really has. But Miggy's fine. He's here for a reason, and he's done a great job, too.
"So, it's a nice problem to have, but I do need to get him for a game or two back there."