From the Wire … Cubs Activate Stewart from DL, Option to Triple-A Iowa

As expected, the Cubs activated Ian Stewart from the 15-day DL on Friday and optioned him to Triple-A Iowa. Stewart has struggled during his rehab assignment with Iowa that expired on Friday.

In 13 games with Iowa, Ian Stewart is 4-for-44 with eight walks, one double, five runs scored, five RBI, 16 strikeouts and four errors.

The Cubs re-signed Ian Stewart to a one-year, $2 million contract that includes an incentive package worth an additional $500,000 less than a week after non-tendering him a contract. The Cubs placed Stewart on the DL with a left quad strain injury on March 31 retroactive to March 22.

Ian Stewart told the Des Moines Register that he did not feel he was ready to re-join the Cubs earlier in the week. With Stewart on an optional assignment, he will have all the time he needs.

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  • Ripsnorter1

    This just in….

    Stewart not expected to earn any of the incentives built into his contract because he’s dogging it too much……

    • SuzyS

      Rip…I don’t think most of us expect much out of either Stewart or Jackson at this point…If we ever get them going…it would be a very welcome surprise!

    • calicub

      I believe it was more looking on the bright side of a messy situation than it was excitement..

    • paulcatanese

      That’s an awful lot of money being paid for someone not taking the bat off his shoulder.
      I could do that.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Speaking of Brett Jackson….64 AB….24 K. .219 BA….409 slug

    • Raymond Robert Koenig

      Looks like Jackson’s just about ready.

    • Neil

      I don’t know if you are aware that Jackson has been hurt and just returned to the starting lineup last week. He missed a lot of time in the spring and was starting to hit the ball a little better prior to the cancellations.

      The injury in the spring really hurt. I’m looking forward to see how he plays over the next month.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Oh yes, I knew he had been injured. If you recall, you informed me that he hurt the other shoulder last year in Pittsburgh.

        I was just reporting the facts. I am not wishing Jackson ill. He’s a good looking kid–except for the K’s and the low BA. I’m watching him to see if Dale Sveum can teach hitting. If he can, there’s a whole lot to like about Jackson.

        • Neil

          Real quick while we are passing on information. Rizzo was on XM this morning and was asked if he changed his swing again, as Keith Law reported. Rizzo said he did not, he’s just got off to a bad start.

          • Ripsnorter1

            What’s wrong with Keith Law? I thought he knew his stuff. A decent reporter has his facts straight before he writes a report like that. Disappointing.

          • Tony_Hall

            Rip – Keith Law was speculating and even said so. What is disappointing is when people run with speculation like it is fact.

        • John_CC

          Dale Sveum is the Cubs manager, I don’t think he has a lot of extra time to coach hitters in Iowa.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Last fall, after the season was over, Sveum spent several days with Jackson. Sveum has a rubber arm, and was throwing batting practice. Jackson was working on his hand position. Neil posted it here.

          • John_CC

            Exactly. Last fall, for few days.

        • Tony_Hall

          You almost say something positive about a player here. I think what Neil was saying was that you are spinning your facts into the most negative light on a extreme small sample size of a player who has been injured.

          • Theboardrider

            Rip, you’re great with facts. Could you ind me one interesting stat that is positive?

  • Larry Schwimmer

    It is just a shocking lack of intelligence among Theo & Company to offer Stewart a $2 million contract after his poor offensive performance and his health. Please tell me why it was so important to hold onto him? These days wasting $2 million apparently is no big deal!

    • paulcatanese

      Probably because their are so few third basemen around, and are holding on to him so no one else can claim him and embarrass themselves for a weird deal.
      He should have been just let go, I would like to be wrong but I don’t think he will be much of anything above average, if that.

    • Tony_Hall

      Because the money is already spent and they don’t need the roster spot. The 3B market was extremely thin this off season. Spending 1-2% of a baseball operations budget on a 3B is really not a bad choice and definitely is not a shocking lack of intelligence.

      Why do so many people focus on the moves that don’t work so much? The team that wins the World Series has bad moves as well. And it’s not like Stewart was the only option they have, as Valbuena has been good and now Ransom has made the pair very productive. But instead of talking about that, let’s say that the FO has a shocking lack of intelligence for activating and using an option on a player to send them to the minors who has been injured and is still working his way back.

      • Denver Mike

        Not to mention, it’s two million dollars … who cares? I would argue that the loss of talent in the trade for Stewart is a far greater loss (and reason for keeping him around), than the $2MM we are paying him. As time goes on I am less and less concerned over losing Colvin and LeMahieu anyways. I see the Rockies up close quite often as I live less than a mile from Coors Field, and I can’t recall seeing either on the field yet this year, and they really weren’t overly impressive last year either.

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