6/13 Stewart scratched

Ian Stewart was scratched from Wednesday’s lineup because of tenderness in his left wrist. It’s been a problem off and on this season. Stewart spent extra time with new hitting coach James Rowson at the batting cage Wednesday. He was batting .201 overall, and .226 in his last 11 games.

“There’s been plenty of things suggested,” Dale Sveum said Wednesday. “It’s just a matter of being able to apply it. He’s got to be able to apply things in the game and in batting practice and the willingness to make adjustments. That’s the bottom line, we’ve got to make adjustments.”

Stewart’s best season power-wise was 2009 when he hit 25 homers, 19 doubles and three triples. Last year, he was slowed by injuries, and so far this season, he had five homers, five doubles and two triples in 179 at-bats over 55 games.

“We’ve got to start getting some production,” Sveum said.

— Carrie Muskat 


Stewart appears to be yet another bust in the long line of failed thirdbasemen. Hoystein rolled the dice by trading Colvin and got back damaged goods. Still don’t see any upgrade or benefit by acquiring Stewart instead of playing and paying “Last Chance Vitters”. Vitters would have fit in as well as anybody during this surrender season and we could have found out once and for all if he could make it in the bigs DESPITE his mediocre minor league career.

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