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Ian Stewart isn’t making any friends with the Cubs

May 7, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT

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While on the disabled list with a quadriceps injury Ian Stewart had been playing at Triple-A as part of a minor-league rehab assignment. He hit just .091 in 13 games, so when Stewart was deemed healthy the Cubs activated him from the DL and optioned him to Triple-A.

And then he decided to leave the team for a few days.

Technically when a player is optioned to the minors he has the collectively bargained right to report any time within 72 hours, and players often take that full amount of time to do so. However, in this case Stewart was already playing for the team to which he was optioned, so the 72-hour rule is sort of a loophole.

Here’s what general manager Jed Hoyer told Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago about the situation:

We had a lot of discussions with him about it, in the end that was the decision. He has the right, it’s the given right the players have and that was the decision.

Rogers described Hoyer as speaking “cryptically” and it’s not very difficult to read between the lines there. And as Rogers notes, Stewart ruffled some feathers last season when he chose to go home instead of rehabbing a wrist injury with the team (although not enough to stop the Cubs from signing him to a $2 million deal).

All things considered taking a weekend off from work isn’t exactly an earth-shattering controversy, but the way Stewart’s career has deteriorated in recent years it’s definitely curious.

  1. Brian Donohue - May 7, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    Average American annual salary for males is 40K, and has scarcely changed in past 20 yrs. despite increasing productivity stats. It would take 50 years of work at that rate to approach this fellow’s $2M, which is low pay for his profession.

    Yeah, yeah, shut up Occupy — take a bath, get a job, watch the game. Leave the Empire alone, or it will strike back.

    • Baseball Beer Burritos In That Order - May 7, 2013 at 1:48 PM

      I think you were trying to make some kind of point here about income inequality, or something? Whatever it is you were trying to do, it just came off as glib and asinine.

      By the way, Tom Ricketts’ estate is worth ~$1 billion. Care to wrangle any numbers out of that?

    • hockeyflow33 - May 8, 2013 at 12:08 AM

      Then you should have spent more time taking batting practice, otherwise no one wants to hear this soccermom rant

  2. tuberippin - May 7, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Guy can’t even hit AAA pitching now? That right there should be the story.

    • genericcommenter - May 7, 2013 at 2:45 PM

      That didn’t keep Miguel tejada from another season in the bugs.

      • jeffa43 - May 7, 2013 at 3:04 PM

        Miggy has plenty of money and not an issue…

        The only reason he is staying around is that he loves the game…
        Played well in the classic as well.

        His love of the game is awesome…

      • tuberippin - May 7, 2013 at 4:52 PM

        Miguel Tejada is also a decent fielder even at 38 years of age. Ian Stewart is not a good fielder; his saving grace was his ability to hit the ball, and he can’t even feast on minor-league pitching any more. Quad-A player if I ever saw one, and I don’t think he’s breaking that mold like Nelson Cruz did a few years back.

  3. JMurph72 - May 7, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Based on his twitter feed during his time spent with the Rockies, it can only be assumed that he would have been missing a Call of Duty tournament or a College Pool Party had he not taken those 72 hours off. Meanwhile, Nolan Arenado hits 3 HR’s in his first week as a big leaguer. Boy do I sure miss the Ian Stewart era!

    • tuberippin - May 7, 2013 at 4:53 PM

      Ian Stewart makes Garrett Atkins look like a Hall of Famer.

    • gloccamorra - May 7, 2013 at 9:26 PM

      See, you could read those twitter comments as indicative that he has a well-rounded personality, not like those dumb jocks everybody laughs at. Maybe he took those 72 hours to perform some mental feng shui and clear up his approach to hitting. A veteran being sent down is a cause for reflection, no?

  4. hushbrother - May 7, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    I heard he took the time off to go sing with Skrewdriver.

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