Arizona Diamondbacks

Cubs slugger Schwarber returns, doubles in Game 1

The doctors told Kyle Schwarber the day after the Chicago Cubs slugger tore two ligaments in his left knee on April 7 that his season was over.

Funny how months of relentless rehab and a chance to play in the World Series can speed up the healing process.

Schwarber batted fifth and got his first hit of the season — a double off the wall in right field in the fourth inning — for the NL champions in a 6-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians in Game 1 on Tuesday night.

The designated hitter's lined shot came 201 days after a frightening collision with teammate Dexter Fowler while chasing down a fly ball against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

He hardly looked...