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