| Birthdate: 4/5/1985
| Birthplace: Long Beach, CA
| Bats/Throws: L/R
| Team: Chicago
| College: No College
| MLB Experience: 6
| Salary: $2,000,000
| Owned/Started%: 1/0 | Average Draft Position: 317.10
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (5/20/2013) Cubs third baseman Ian Stewart is still dealing with his recent demotion, according to MLB.com.
Stewart accepted a demotion to the minors but hasn't been playing. The team is making sure Josh Vitters gets ample playing time, which has relegated Stewart to backup duties in the minors. Stewart said, "I'm over the not being in the big leagues part, now I'm just trying to put some good games together."
Stewart is no longer on the team's 40-man roster and doesn't figure into their future plans. He says he's thought about life after baseball and has begun taking on a mentoring role for the team's minor leaguers.
Ian Stewart's future with Cubs uncertain
by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com (5/11/2013) Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said he isn't sure if Ian Stewart will be part of the team's future plans, MLB.com reports. Stewart, who is no longer on the 40-man roster after being designated for assignment, is just 4 for 46 at the plate over 15 games for Triple-A Iowa and is listed behind Josh Vetters at third base on the Iowa depth chart.
"I'm not sure,” Hoyer said. “I hope there is. I do think there’s a lot of talent there. It’s been an unfortunate run with the injuries. He’s a left-handed hitter with power who plays good defense. I hope there’s a future here but at this point, it’s going to be about performance. We want him to perform."
Ian Stewart taken off 40-man roster
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (5/8/2013) Cubs third baseman Ian Stewart cleared waivers on Wednesday and was assigned outright to Triple-A Iowa, MLB.com reports. He is no longer on the 40-man roster.
Ian Stewart activated, sent to minors
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (5/3/2013) The Cubs activated third baseman Ian Stewart (quadriceps) from the disabled list Friday and optioned him to Triple-A Iowa. Stewart had been rehabbing a strained left quad that kept him sidelined since Feb. 21.
Chicago will continue to use a rotation of Luis Valbuena and Cody Ransom at third base. The two have combined for seven homers in 28 games.
Ian Stewart to remain in minors
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (5/1/2013) Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein told MLB.com on Wednesday that Ian Stewart could be recertified to remain in his rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa. Players are limited to 20 days per rehab assignment. While Stewart's time expires on Friday, Epstein said that's a "soft deadline."
"He's had bumps and bruises along the way, getting hit by a pitch, and having some soreness," Epstein said of Stewart. "We'll just monitor it daily and see what he's doing. He didn't have a Spring Training, so we look at this [time] as Spring Training."
Stewart has gone just 4 for 40 (.100) with four RBI and 15 strikeouts for Triple-A.
"He doesn't have his timing," Epstein said. "He's not been performing that well and his timing isn't there yet. He needs to keep playing."
Injured Ian Stewart not focused on numbers
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/30/2013) Cubs third baseman Ian Stewart, on the 15-day disabled list, told the Des Moines Register Tuesday that he does not feel ready to join the major-league club and continues to recover from a left quadricep injury. But he added that he is not far off.
"Maybe three more games, hopefully that’ll be enough to get me ready," he said.
Stewart is 4 for 40 (.100) with four RBI and 15 strikeouts on his rehab assignment.
"Obviously, the numbers aren’t there for me," he said. "For me, it’s not so much about getting base hits every time I go up. With a rehab assignment, I’m more about just feeling comfortable in the box and feeling confident up there."
Ian Stewart suffers small setback
by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com (4/27/2013) Cubs third basemen Ian Stewart, who is currently on a Triple-A rehab assignment, was held out of the lineup Friday night for the Iowa Cubs due to a sore elbow. Stewart was hit in the elbow during his rehab start Thursday night.
Manager Dale Sveum said Stewart couldn't throw the ball 90 feet due to his sore elbow, but added he should be fine moving forward.
"Should be OK today," Sveum told the Chicago Sun-Times. "I would imagine."
Ian Stewart not guaranteed starting role upon return
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (4/25/2013) Cubs third baseman Ian Stewart is not guaranteed a starting job upon his return from the disabled list.
"He's got to earn it," manager Dale Sveum told the Chicago Sun-Times, adding that Luis Valbuena is "one of our most consistent players right now. So it's going to be very difficult to move [him] out of a spot."
Stewart has just two hits in 24 at-bats during his rehab assignment in Triple-A.
Cubs keeping an eye on Ian Stewart
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/23/2013) Cubs assistant general manager Randy Bush watched third baseman Ian Stewart, on the 15-day disabled list, play for Triple-A Iowa on Monday, MLB.com reports. Stewart went 1 for 3 with two RBI as he continues to recover from a sore left quad.
"When he's ready to help us, we'll bring him up," general manager Jed Hoyer said Tuesday.
Ian Stewart's return being delayed by weather
by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com (4/19/2013) Cubs third basemen Ian Stewart, on the 15-day disabled list with a left quadriceps injury, has only been able to play in two rehab games at Triple-A Iowa due to inclement weather, MLB.com reports.
Manager Dale Sveum said Stewart will need to play for a week in the minors before he will be ready to join the team.
"He needs a good solid week to play," Sveum said. "He had no spring training."
Stewart is expected to start at third base when he's activated off the DL.
Ian Stewart starts rehab assignment
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/14/2013) Cubs third baseman Ian Stewart, on the 15-day disabled list with a lingering left quadriceps injury, began his rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa Sunday.
Stewart went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts, a walk and an RBI. He is expected to take over at third base for the Cubs once he's activated.
Ian Stewart headed for rehab
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/13/2013) Cubs third baseman Ian Stewart is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa on Sunday, the latest step in his recovery from a lingering quadriceps muscle, MLB.com reports. Stewart, who has not played this season because of the issue that limited his during the spring, will assume the starting job at third once he returns.
Ian Stewart plays in extended spring training
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (4/7/2013)Ian Stewartplayed in a game for the first time since March 14, as he was the designated hitter for the Cubs in an extended spring training game, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
"You're looking at two weeks to three weeks" for a return to action, manager Dale Sveum said. As such, expect Stewart to return to the lineup around the end of April. He is expected to return to the starting role as soon as he's healthy, displacing Luis Valbuena at third base in Chicago.
Ian Stewart could be two to three weeks away from return
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (4/6/2013) Cubs manager Dale Sveum indicated Saturday that third baseman Ian Stewart will participate in extended spring training and could be two to three weeks away from rejoining the team, according to MLB.com.
Stewart has dealt with an injured left quadriceps muscle this spring that earned him a trip to the disabled list to begin the season. Brent Lillibridge and Luis Valbuena have split time at third base in Stewart's absence.
Ian Stewart sent to DL again
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/31/2013) As anticipated, Cubs third baseman Ian Stewart was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday due to a lingering left quadriceps injury. It's the third straight season Stewart has made an appearance on the shelf as he looks to return to game action by the end of April.
Ian Stewart two weeks away from rehab assignment
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (3/24/2013)Ian Stewart, dealing with an injured left quadriceps, is about two weeks away from beginning a rehab assignment, the Chicago Tribune reports. Stewart will begin the season on the disabled list and isn't likely to join the Cubs until mid-April. Look for Luis Valbuena and Brent Lillibridge to compete for third base at-bats in his absence.
Ian Stewart destined for DL
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/19/2013) Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Tuesday that third baseman Ian Stewart will start the season on the disabled list after an MRI revealed fluid in his strained left quad, ESPN.com reports. Stewart has been limited by the issue since an intrasquad game early in spring training.
"It's almost like it stopped healing," he said. "Maybe it's healing, but it doesn't feel like it. ... Just trying to run. Can't run. There's still pain in there."
Stewart, who missed more than 100 games for the second straight season last year, is expected to be out until at least mid-April. His absence could create a platoon situation at third base between Luis Valbuena and Brent Lillibridge.
Ian Stewart running out of time
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/17/2013) Cubs third baseman Ian Stewart is scheduled to undergo another MRI this week as he has been unable to shake the lingering soreness in his left quad, MLB.com reports. The issue has prevented Stewart from running the bases and kept him from making an appearance in a Cactus League game this spring.
Stewart told the team's trainers the latest issue is not a setback, but he is clearly running out of time to return to full strength as opening day looms two weeks from now. "I don’t know if he’s got enough time," Sveum said Sunday. "It'll be interesting."
Ian Stewart giving Chicago hope
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/15/2013) Cubs third baseman Ian Stewart (strained quad) said he was pleased with his performance during a minor-league game Thursday and expressed renewed confidence he will be ready for the season opener. Thursday's outing was his first since an intrasquad game on Feb. 21.
Stewart, who is also rounding into shape following offseason surgery on his left wrist, could make his Cactus League debut next week. "My confidence is really sky high right now as far as my hitting and everything goes," he said Friday. "I was really surprised at how I was able to feel in the box and tracking pitches and some swings I put on the baseball."
Ian Stewart to see game action Thursday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/14/2013) MLB.com reports Cubs third baseman Ian Stewart, who has been sidelined by a quadriceps injury, will get into a minor-league spring game Thursday. He has yet to play in a major-league spring game.
Stewart to debut Thursday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/11/2013) Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Monday third baseman Ian Stewart, who has been sidelined by a quadriceps injury, will make his spring debut Thursday. Sveum said Stewart should get enough at-bats to be ready by opening day. He came in knowing it was a job he was going to have to just play well and produce, Sveum said, per MLB.com. Its still 16, 17 possible games left starting Thursday. Youre looking at hopefully cramming 30 at-bats into that and some minor league at-bats, too.
Stewart's return still delayed
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/10/2013) Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Sunday third baseman Ian Stewart, who has been sidelined by a quadriceps injury, might not be ready to make his spring debut until the weekend.
Stewart may return in few days
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (3/8/2013) ESPN reports Cubs third baseman Ian Stewart is just a few days away from returning to the lineup. Stewart, who is dealing with a left quad injury has been hitting in the batting cage for a few days and has recently added throwing to his rehab. Today is the best I've felt in a while, Stewart said Friday afternoon. Very encouraging today. In most of the exercises I've done I havent felt that tightness or soreness at all. Definitely a good sign. Hopefully just a few more days.
Stewart might not be ready
(3/5/2013) MLB.com reports Cubs third baseman Ian Stewart was able to hit and take ground balls on Tuesday as he continues to recover from a quadriceps strain. Manager Dale Sveum said that he doesn't know whether or not Stewart has enough time to get ready for opening day. Hopefully it all comes together because by the time he gets on the field, youre looking at 20 to 30 maybe regular at-bats [this spring], Sveum said. Well probably send him down to hit in a minor league game and have him leadoff every game.
Stewart not rushing return
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/3/2013) Cubs third baseman Ian Stewart (quadriceps) was able to play catch and swing a bat without any issues Saturday and hopes to participate in more baseball activities this week, MLB.com reports. Stewart has been sidelined since Feb. 22 with a sore left quad and was expected to be out 10-14 days. "Weve come this far and I dont want to take a chance at a setback now," he said. "Were taking it each day and seeing what kind of progression we make from the day before and going from there."
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (2/28/2013) The Chicago Sun-Times reports Cubs manager Dale Sveum expressed concern Thursday about third baseman Ian Stewart being ready for the start of the season. Sveum said Stewart is still at least a week away from taking swings as he recovers from a quadriceps strain. "If he gets on the field too late in spring training, it's going to be very difficult to get enough at-bats to evaluate, when everybody else is getting their at-bats and producing or whatever it might be,'' Sveum said. "It's going to be very difficult to make that decision."
Stewart out 10-14 days
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (2/23/2013) Cubs third baseman Ian Stewart will miss 10 to 14 days after an MRI revealed he has a mild to moderate quad strain, reports MLB.com Saturday. I got the MRI [Friday] and thats just kind of a vague timetable right now just to see how things progress, Stewart said Saturday. I feel like its progressing pretty good today. I woke up today and didn't feel as much stiffness as I had.
Stewart to get MRI
(2/22/2013) Cubs third baseman Ian Stewart will undergo an MRI Friday on his strained left quad, according to MLB.com. Stewart hurt himself rounding first base in a scrimmage on Thursday. "I hadn't run the bases in a long time," Stewart said. "It feels sore today and I'm going to take it easy for a couple days and get some treatment and go from there
Sore quad slowing down 3B
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (2/21/2013) MLB.com reports Cubs third baseman Ian Stewart is considered day to day with a sore left quadriceps. He's currently penciled in to play during Friday's intrasquad game, but he could be removed.
Stewart getting 'opportunity'
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (2/11/2013) MLB.com reports the Cubs are eager to see how third baseman Ian Stewart will perform following July wrist surgery. "We have to give him every opportunity because he's got the capabilities of being a two-way player," manager Dale Sveum said of Stewart, who was limited to 55 games last season. "The way he can play defense at third base, the power he has, we have to give him every opportunity. ... It'll basically come down to production."
Stewart past wrist issue
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (1/21/2013) CSN Chicago reports Cubs third baseman Ian Stewart, who had wrist surgery in July, said he feels he is finally past the issues that has plagued him the last few seasons. "It's been a few years [since I've felt good]," he said. "The last time I was fully healthy was 2010. But even then, I missed the last month with an oblique injury. I did well that year, and the last few years have just had lingering wrist issues. I really believe I've gotten that taken care of. A lot of credit goes to the Cubs. Just the fact that they could have easily done the non-tender and moved on, but they've done a great job of keeping up with me through the injury." Stewart said he resumed hitting in November and it's been going "great." "I really wanted to be here, too, so I figured the earliest I could show them I was healthy, the better it's going to be for my career and for them as well," he said.