6/25 Stewart released
The Cubs officially parted ways with Ian Stewart on Tuesday, granting the third baseman his unconditional release. Stewart was playing for Triple-A Iowa, and issued a 10-game suspension for violating the loyalty clause in his contract when he made disaparaging comments about the Cubs and manager Dale Sveum on Twitter. His suspension, which ended last Saturday, was upheld.
“The release is probably best for all parties involved,” said Larry Reynolds, Stewart’s representative. “After a lengthy rehab, Ian was starting to get back to playing the way we all had hoped. We will move on and I expect that Ian, with hard work, will find himself back in the big leagues at some point in the near future.”
Stewart had not played since June 11 at Oklahoma City. He was batting .168 (19-for-113) with five home runs and 20 RBIs in 40 games before serving his suspension.
Stewart, who later posted an apology on his Twitter account, has hit .232 with 59 homers and 204 RBIs over parts of six seasons in the Majors. He was signed to a one-year, $2 million deal with Chicago.
– Carrie Muskat