5/6 Ian Stewart update
Ian Stewart was activated from the disabled list and then optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Friday. But Stewart did not play this weekend, opting to take the 72 hours players are given. Cubs GM Jed Hoyer said they discussed the options with Stewart, and the third baseman chose to take time off.
The Cubs had projected Stewart as their starting third baseman this season, and he injured his left quad in his first at-bat of an intrasquad game Feb. 21. He’s been rehabbing since.
“OF course we’re disappointed, Hoyer said of Stewart not being able to contribute. “Last year, we made a trade for him and he had a lot of injuries he was dealing with. This year, we never even had him. It was the first swing of the first game of an intrasquad scrimmage. That’s as early in the season as you can get. He hasn’t had a chance to help us. There’s certainly talent there, left-handed power, and he’s a good defender.”
Stewart was expected to join Iowa on its next road trip in Colorado Springs when the I-Cubs open a four-game series.
— Carrie Muskat