According to multiple reports, Ian Stewart will not begin a rehab assignment for at least two more weeks. Brent Lillibridge mentioned on Saturday morning during an interview on ESPN 1000, that he was told Stewart would be sidelined at least four more weeks.
Ian Stewart should stay behind in Arizona until he is ready to report to one of the Cubs’ minor league affiliates to begin his rehab assignment. If Stewart does not have any further delays, the Tribune is reporting that Stewart would not play for the Cubs until May at the earliest.
Ian Stewart was also examined by Dr. Stephen Gryzlo on Sunday. If Stewart continues to progress, he will begin a rehab assignment in two weeks according to Carrie Muskat.
Luis Valbuena and Brent Lillibridge will split time at third base for the Cubs until Stewart is able to return.
The Cubs are reportedly watching the waiver wire. Steve Clevenger is the favorite to break camp on the Cubs’ active roster. Clevenger has been taking grounders at third and first base, as well as seeing time in Cactus League games at both positions. While Alberto Gonzalez remains in camp, he does not appear to be the Cubs first choice to fill the last spot on the bench.