How long he will stay with the Cubs is something else. Teams looking for a left-handed-hitting outfielder who will deliver with runners on and can play solid defense are scouting Schierholtz.
"I haven't spent a second thinking about [being traded]," he said Friday. "Every year, you hear so many names thrown around. ... I can't control it. If you go a week worrying about it and you don't get traded, it's a lot of worry for nothing. I love it here, and I'd like to stay a Cub. Hopefully, I don't go anywhere."
He has set a career high in home runs and recorded his first five-RBI game Wednesday. It hasn't all been perfect as Schierholtz needed a cortisone shot in his shoulder at the All-Star break but said he's pain-free now.
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