5/1 Ian Stewart update

Ian Stewart does not appear to be ready to be activated from the disabled list, and Theo Epstein said the third baseman could be re-certified to remain in the Minor Leagues. Major League players are limited to 20 days per rehab assignment. Stewart’s time expires on Friday. Epstein said that’s a “soft deadline.”

“He’s had bumps and bruises along the way, getting hit by a pitch, and having some soreness,” Epstein said of Stewart, who is rehabbing with Triple-A Iowa. “We’ll just monitor it daily and see what he’s doing. He didn’t have a Spring Training so we look at this [time] as Spring Training.”

Stewart strained his left quad in an intrasquad game Feb. 21, and did not play in Spring Training.

“There’s nothing real good going on with his swing right now,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. “I think he’s seeing a lot of pitches and he is taking some walks but there’s no hard contact going on.”

In 12 games with Iowa, Stewart was 4-for-40 (.100) with one double and four RBIs. He’s struck out 15 times and walked eight times.

“He doesn’t have his timing,” Epstein said. “He’s not been performing that well and his timing isn’t there yet. He needs to keep playing.”

Stewart does have an option remaining.

– Carrie Muskat

8 Comments

It sounds to me that we won’t be seeing Stewart this season and maybe not at all. He seems to be slow at healing and prone to one injury after another. Very sorry for the young man. Hope he will continue to play ball somehow.

you mean someWHERE??? (not at Wrigley)

“Soft” is the operative word here. That adjective fits Stewart like a glove. I know Theo speaks of “soft deadline” here, because he has to be pc. But I do not. I am calling Stewart soft and Garza is as well.

Is anyone in a hurry to get him back? Just cut him already.

I would imagine that Stewart will not be playing for the Cubs. Since he is still not well and is not hitting well, etc. we should plan on Valbuena and Ransom at 3rd this season. 2014 is too far away to see who will nail 3rd.

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They better start targeting a long term answer for 3B soon if they want to have somebody to go along with the revamped outfield of 2014. It looks like Hoystein will have to come up with a trade as there may be nobody ready in the minors for YEARS.

“There’s nothing real good going on with his swing right now,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. “I think he’s seeing a lot of pitches and he is taking some walks but there’s no hard contact going on.”

That sums up Ian Stewart’s game entirely! Exactly what we suffered thru in 2012 with this clown. It’s not related to his injury! He can’t play….. period. Terrible move to sign him a year ago, incredibly horrible move to sign him again this year. Let’s move on.

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