4/6 Injury updates

* Ian Stewart, on the disabled list with a strained left quad, was the designated hitter in a game at the Cubs’ extended Spring Training in Mesa, Ariz., on Saturday, and could be a few weeks away from rejoining the team. Stewart, injured Feb. 21 during an intrasquad game, was able to run at 80-90 percent on Friday, and is making progress. He has yet to play in the field in a game. Cubs manager Dale Sveum said if all goes well, Stewart could be ready in two to three weeks.

* Second baseman Darwin Barney, on the disabled list with a left knee laceration, was able to take batting practice on Saturday. He had five stitches in his knee because of the cut, and was expected to get the stitches out this week.

* Matt Garza, on the disabled list with a strained left lat, was to throw his second bullpen session on Sunday. Garza threw 25 pitches on Thursday in Arizona, and has had no problems since the workout. He’s expected to return in May.

— Carrie Muskat


too bad the manager can’t go on dl after the game tonite.

I hear that Barney had his leg brace removed yesterday – good news. Also heard that Ian Stewart is batting up a storm down in Mesa – more good news. There is hope in Wrigley Land!

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