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Rockies recall Ian Stewart after two-week stay at Triple-A

May 3, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT


Colorado demoting Ian Stewart to the minors after the 26-year-old veteran of 1,300 plate appearances got off to a slow start seemed odd to me and the Rockies have now called him back up from Triple-A just two weeks later.

Stewart predictably knocked around Triple-A pitching, hitting .361 with three homers and a 1.250 OPS in 11 games, and called the two-week demotion “humbling.”

Ty Wigginton and Jose Lopez were both given looks as the primary third baseman in Stewart’s absence, but presumably the Rockies aren’t so intent on jerking Stewart around that they’d demote him to the minors and then recall him to do anything but play regularly.

Of course, when you’re demoting multi-year starters to Triple-A because they have 26 poor at-bats to begin a season it becomes tough to predict anything.

  1. poseidonsfist - May 3, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    I really think you’re being unfair to the Rockies’ FO on Stewart. It wasn’t just 26 st-bats. It was 26 HORRID at bats in which he struck out 11 times, hit ZERO line drives and got just two fluky infield hits. He was hurt for most of spring training and was not ready for the regular season, as was evident with every at-bat. He just needed to go some place to get some reps before he came back. It was about his injury robbing him of ST more than the 26 ABs. He still would have been in the majors if he had played in ST.

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