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Ian Stewart needs wrist surgery, likely to miss rest of season

Jul 2, 2012, 8:33 PM EDT

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Ian Stewart‘s tenure with the Cubs could be brief.

According to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, Stewart will undergo exploratory arthroscopic surgery on his left wrist next week in Cleveland and is expected to miss the rest of the season.

Stewart has been sidelined since June 12, but his wrist has been an issue for far longer. In fact, it’s believed the discomfort could be related to a compression fracture he suffered in the minors in 2006.

Stewart was acquired from the Rockies last December along with right-hander Casey Weathers for outfielder Tyler Colvin and infielder D.J. LeMahieu. The 27-year-old third baseman was hitting just .201/.292/.335 with five homers and a .627 OPS in 55 games prior to hitting the disabled list. He’s due a raise in arbitration this winter from $2,237,500 salary, so it’s safe to peg him as an early non-tender candidate.

  1. sportsjoker - Jul 2, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    Too bad for my Cubbies but this guy was never meant to be apart of the future anyway. He was a risk and a BUST. No sense crying over spilled milk. See ya Ian.

  2. Gonzo - Jul 2, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    I’ve always been a fan of Ian Stewart. Get well soon, big guy.

  3. losercubfan98 - Jul 2, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    There goes my cubbies season!!

  4. jbro3169 - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    I hate that they gave away Colvin for this guy. Looks like he is going to have a far better career and was a 1st round pick. Bad call Theo!!

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