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Francona, Epstein trade World Series texts: ‘Be a little more cautious with Schwarber’

Some friendly digital banter between old pals.

Theo Epstein and Terry Francona have won the World Series together before. Twice, in Boston, as you probably know.

So it shouldn’t be too surprising that the Cubs president of baseball operations and Indians manager are engaging in a little harmless banter over text message as this seven-game-series develops.

From CBS Chicago:

“He texted me, ‘You guys should really be a little more cautious with Schwarber and his knee — I don’t think he needs to play again this series,’” Epstein said on the Spiegel and Goff Show on Friday. “So I texted him back we’d be that cautious with Schwarber as soon as he understood that (Corey) Kluber and (Andrew) Miller have a lot of innings and need to throw next year, so he should probably shut them down as soon as possible.”

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Friendly truce? Well, Schwarber has only been cleared to pinch-hit in Games 3, 4, and 5 at Wrigley Field, since he can’t DH.

Love Schwarber, but the way Kluber pitched in Game 1? Cubs fans might take that deal.