Ian Stewart to Start Season on DL and Scott Baker Shut Down

According to multiple reports on Tuesday morning, Scott Baker has been shut down and his throwing program has been suspended until he is able to meet with the Cubs’ physician. The team has termed it a “setback” for Scott Baker and will not have a timetable on a possible return until after he meets with the doctor.

According to multiple reports, Ian Stewart will start the season on the disabled list. Stewart has not been able to run and felt discomfort following his appearance in a minor league game last Thursday.

According to a report from Carrie Muskat, Ian Stewart has a pocket of fluid in his left quad. Stewart has not been able to run or move side to side while fielding.

With the team announcing that Stewart will begin the year on the DL, the Cubs will pay Stewart’s entire $2 million salary for the 2013 season.

With Stewart out, Brent Lillibridge will be on the Cubs’ Opening Day roster. If the team does not place Stewart on the 60-day DL, a roster spot can be created by placing Arodys Vizcaino on the 60-day DL. The Cubs’ 40-man roster currently stands at 40 players. Any non-roster invitee to big league camp will have to be added to the roster in order to be with the team on Opening Day.

The MRI on Scott Baker revealed inflammation in his elbow. Baker will be examined this weekend by team doctors.

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  • paul john catanese

    I think the Cubs are getting what they asked for. Injuries keep reoccuring. But thats what may happen when guys are brought in with existing or short term disabilities.
    The best that can happen is a 50/50 chance that these injuries may go away and they will revert to previous form.
    The same holds true for players who have had a few good years and then have slumped for a couple, the hope that they will come back and somehow go forward and have career years.
    The odds of these things happening are not very good.
    I can’t say however that it was a bad way for Mr Epstein to go as not a lot of money was put out there.
    The core of minor league players that were brought in seem to be very promising, and too bad that Almora ,Jackson

    • BosephHeyden

      DeJesus was very average. I wouldn’t classify him as good or bad…just there. And Jackson is kinda early to determine whether or not that is good, since, on most good teams, he’s a #3 or #4 starter.

      • paul john catanese

        Was trying to be kind on my assessment:)

  • Tarzan Joe

    neither should of been signed. Waste of 8M. More bad roster mgmt by the GM.