Conflicting Reports on the Status of Ian Stewart

Depending on the report, either Ian Stewart will have to play extremely well over the last two weeks of Cactus League in order to make the team or there is a possibility that Stewart will remain with the team, regardless of how he performs, and could start the season on the DL.

According to multiple reports on Sunday, the earliest that Ian Stewart will see action in a Cactus League game will be Friday. The Cubs were hoping he would be able to play on Wednesday, but his quad is only about 80 percent, and while he was able to take batting practice on Sunday, he is still not able to run. Dale Sveum indicated on Sunday, that if Stewart is able to play by the weekend, he would not make the trip to Las Vegas for the annual Big League Weekend at Cashman Field. Stewart would stay behind in Arizona and face the Royals on Saturday and the A’s on Sunday.

Ian Stewart is confident that he is the Cubs third baseman, even though he has not played a game and his manager said he had to win the job.

The Tribune and the Sun-Times posted conflicting reports on Sunday afternoon, which does not help the situation. The Cubs are facing two deadlines with Stewart, one is March 16 and the other is March 31. If the Cubs cut ties with Stewart before March 16 they owe him 1/6 of his $2 million contract, or $333.000. The Cubs appear to be more than willing to let the first deadline come and go. The next deadline is March 31. If the Cubs decide to move on from Stewart by March 31, it would cost them 1/4 of his contract, or $500,000.

Dale Sveum does not seem too happy with Stewart based on his comments to the media. Sveum said on Sunday that Stewart’s return “seems to be getting pushed back every day.”

The Sun-Times reported “opening the season on the disabled list is not among the options the Cubs are considering as they decide whether to commit to paying Stewart’s full $2 million contract by putting him on the Opening Day roster or pay just $500,000 by releasing him before that.”

The Tribune reported, “Ian Stewart still is not close to returning from his lingering left quad injury, but is likely to make the team even if he starts out the season on the disabled list.”

Ian Stewart told the Tribune that he feels he is the Cubs’ third baseman until they get rid of him. Stewart thinks that when he is healthy and ready to go then he will be the Cubs’ third baseman.

So which one is it? Will the Cubs continue to be patient with Stewart and give him every chance possible? Or will the Cubs make him earn his way onto the team?

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  • Ripsnorter1

    I think the Cubs keep him. Gotta get something for Jed’s horrible, horrible trade. And I think the passive-aggressive Stewart continues to dog it on the DL. He’ll probably milk it for all it’s worth, then come off the DL only to be hurt again in the next week or so.

    And I think Stewart delights to twist the knife in Sveum’s gut.

    • GaryLeeT

      Wow, that’s really cynical. I like it.

    • bluekoolaidaholic

      You nailed it Rip. He is a slacking nonhacker, but I think they will keep him in hopes of trading him later after he gets through milking this latest ailment.

    • 07GreyDigger

      I think I’m one of the few Stewart supporters on this site and I know for the most part he doesn’t deserve it, but he’s got potential that no other third baseman on the roster have and for $2 million, I think he’s worth the risk.

      • DWalker

        Same, I don’t see them cutting him loose, especially only at $2 million on a short contract. yes, there are potential 3rd bases in the system coming up medium and long term, but right now, the options are Stewart, Valbuena and Vitters for the first half. None are good, but keeping stewart in the system, even on the slim chance he even comes close to his potential, is still one extra shot at a productive and tradable third base, which is in keeping with the FO policy. The money is no concern at this stage, the contract is short term, the risk is negligable, and the upside is huge.

        • 07GreyDigger

          Welcome 2nd Ian Stewart Supporter.

        • Ripsnorter1

          I think Stewart sticks, like I said above, and really, if he doesn’t live on the DL, then he’s a better .199 hitting 3B than Valbuena’s .199 3B because he has some power.

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  • SuzyS

    Oh Boy!!!! A News ticker across the top of the CCO!!!!….Just like being in Times Square!!!!
    I like it ! :)

  • paulcatanese

    Boy, if I wasn’t confused on Stewart and his status, I sure am now. I don’t envy Sveum and what he may have to deal with.
    I echo Suzie, the ticker is awsome Neil.

  • RynoTiger

    I think one of the more important questions that hasn’t been addressed this spring training is: Will there be a CCO version of the Harlem Shake?

  • WidespreadHisPanic

    Nice, a news ticker!

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