2/23 Stewart out 10-14 days
An MRI shows Ian Stewart has a mild to moderate quad strain, and he could be sidelined 10 to 14 days.
“I got the MRI [Friday] and that’s just kind of a vague timetable right now just to see how things progress,” Stewart said Saturday. “I feel like it’s progressing pretty good today. I woke up today and didn’t feel as much stiffness as I had.”
He injured his left quad while turning around first base after hitting a double in his first at-bat Thursday in an intrasquad game.
“Hopefully, it’s not that long [that he’s sidelined] and it’s a precautionary length,” he said.
Cubs manager Dale Svem has said Luis Valbuena could be the option at third if Stewart isn’t healthy. Does this hurt Stewart’s chances?
“I would hope not,” Stewart said. “I feel like I was brought back to be a part of the team and to help this team and I feel like I can do that. This is unfortunate but I think if this was toward the end of camp or the middle, it may be a different story. It is disappointing because I put all that work in in the offseason and my wrist is good and had that first good at-bat of camp, even though it was the first intrasquad. My confidence is so high on my ability that this is a little road block that hopefully doesn’t last the amount of time they said and I can get out there sooner.”
Stewart signed a $2 million non-guaranteed contract, but he says he’s not thinking about the terms.
“If I didn’t think I could come back here and be a part of the team, there’s no sense in me coming back,” he said. “I have all the confidence in the world. I came back to be a part of the Major League team. I’m not even thinking about that right now.”
— Carrie Muskat