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Kyle Schwarber on return to Cubs: ‘I’m pretty dang confident in myself’

Kyle Schwarber will be back with the big-league Chicago Cubs after struggles led the team to demote him to Triple-A on June 22. The Cubs made the decision to recall Schwarber responded well to his demotion. The 24-year-old slugger says self-confidence and a positive attitude played a huge role in his resurgence in the minors.

“I’m not a pouter,” Schwarber said Thursday, via the Chicago Sun-Times. “I’m pretty dang confident in myself. I’ve overcome a lot of different things.”

Schwarber was hitting .171 with 12 homers with a .304 OBP in 64 games before the demotion. But in 11 games for the Triple-A Iowa Cubs, he batted .343/.477/.714 with four home runs and nine RBI.

“I really just focused on myself and everything about my swing,” Schwarber said, via ESPN. “We’ll see how it goes, but I’m planning on this being me and going out and competing.”

Schwarber added he feels the demotion helped him learn how to respond better should he start struggling again.

“Now knowing what I have to do to get back [on track], if things start going wrong again, whatever it is, I feel confident [in adjusting quickly],” Schwarber said.

Maddon said Schwarber, who was bumped from the leadoff role amid his struggles, could reclaim the top spot in the batting order at some point.

“I would not be concerned with putting him back there, just depending on what he looks like when he gets back,” Maddon said.

But for Thursday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Schwarber will bat fifth and play left field. And Maddon is happy to have him back.

“He’s a big part of our culture here,” Maddon said. “He established that the last couple of years. You kind of feel more whole when he’s back here.”

The Cubs’ presumed roster move to make room for Schwarber is expected to be placing pitcher John Lackey on the disabled list due to plantar fasciitis, per an ESPN report.