Cubs’ Theo Epstein: Leaner Kyle Schwarber looking to dominate ‘the controllables’


The photographs of a trimmer Kyle Schwarber that were posted on social media Wednesday weren’t touched up.

Cubs President Theo Epstein revealed Thursday that Schwarber’s renewed commitment to fitness was mutually agreed upon after the end of the 2017 season.

“We brought it up with him,” Epstein said. “He told us he’d already made it a priority he was going to get in the best shape of his life and realizes now to be the left fielder he needs to be, and be a hitter he needs to be, is something he wanted to do.

“And take control of the controllables, and you can control what kind of shape you can get into in the offseason. A lot of this game you can’t control. He’s looking to dominate everything he can control, and this is one of them.’’

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