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Tue, 21 May 2013 14:52:36 -0700
Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum said 3B Josh Vitters is still a priority for the team in the future. Vitters is batting .259 with two home runs and seven RBIs in 54 at-bats with Triple-A Iowa this year. Sveum said Vitters "has got power, can hit a fastball… but there's a lot of development left in him." 3B Ian Stewart is playing behind Vitters at Iowa.
Fantasy Tip: Based on that, it doesn't sound like the Cubs are rushing to call up Vitters, especially if Luis Valbuena keeps playing the way he is. It's even worse news for Stewart, who probably won't be with the team past this season. Vitters would be an immediate option for NL-only teams were he to be called up, but there's no telling when that might happen.
Tue, 14 May 2013 14:23:36 -0700
Mon, 13 May 2013 16:15:35 -0700
Chicago Cubs 3B Luis Valbuena (finger) is available to pinch hit Monday, May 13, after spraining the little finger on his right hand while sliding Saturday, May 11. Valbuena will get at least one more day of rest Tuesday, May 14, with the team facing a left-handed pitcher.
Fantasy Tip: Cody Ransom has been playing in Valbuena's absence, and the two third baseman have been locked in a platoon at the hot corner. They're both useful in deep NL-only leagues.
Sat, 11 May 2013 17:09:20 -0700
Fantasy Tip: It does not appear like Valbuena will be going on the disabled list at this point but there is a chance he could miss some games because of the injury.
Sat, 11 May 2013 16:51:27 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Valbuena has been a solid hitter for the Cubs this season with five home runs and 13 RBIs. The extent of the injury is not known at this point, and owners should monitor the situation over the next few days.
Fri, 03 May 2013 11:42:50 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Stewart wasn't swinging the stick well during his rehab assignment, and he'll need to prove to the club he's ready for a call-up. Plus, the platoon at third base between Luis Valbuena and Cody Ransom has been effective. When Stewart does return, take notice in deep mixed leagues if you need the power potential at corner infield.
Thu, 02 May 2013 10:43:52 -0700
Chicago Cubs 3Bs Luis Valbuena (five) and Cody Ransom (three) have combined for seven home runs in 27 games while playing the third base position this season. Last year, Cubs third basemen combined for 12 round-trippers.
Fantasy Tip: Power production isn't unprecedented for Valbuena -- he hit 17 home runs at the Triple-A level in 2011 and has posted .400-plus rates of slugging regularly -- but his pace is still surprising and unlikely to continue. Ian Stewart (quadriceps) appears to be nowhere near contributing to this effort thanks to his struggles on the farm.
Wed, 24 Apr 2013 11:01:46 -0700
Chicago Cubs 3B Ian Stewart (quadriceps) went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in a rehab game with Triple-A Iowa Tuesday, April 23, and he's only 2-for-24 with a double and three RBIs in seven rehab games.
Fantasy Tip: Cody Ransom and Luis Valbuena have been seeing time at third base in the absence of Stewart. It's unclear when Stewart will return from the DL, but expect Ransom to be sent out when that happens. Although both hit from the left side, Stewart and Valbuena could form a platoon at the hot corner. Stewart has more power, but you have to wonder if his injuries will continue to take a toll on his home run swing. He's worth owning in deep mixed leagues, though.
Tue, 19 Mar 2013 13:19:07 -0700
Chicago Cubs 3B Ian Stewart's (quadriceps) MRI exam showed fluid in his left quadriceps Tuesday, March 19, and he'll open the season on the disabled list. Stewart is still experiencing pain in his muscle. 3B Luis Valbuena and INF Brent Lillibridge may form some sort of a platoon at third base to open the season. INFs Edwin Maysonet and Alberto Gonzalez are fighting for a utility spot on the roster.
Fantasy Tip: Stewart hasn't been able to avoid nagging injuries for most of his career. Valbuena should be seen as the front-runner for the majority of PT at the hot corner, especially with the way he's played this spring. Josh Vitters (quadriceps) is dealing with injuries, too, and he might be ticketed for the minors.
Wed, 27 Feb 2013 15:36:21 -0800
Chicago Cubs 3B Luis Valbuena could be a candidate to hit leadoff this season if OF David DeJesus falters. "(He's a possibility) because he gives you great at-bats, he sees a lot of pitches, he can score first with a home run once in a while, he drives the ball," manager Dale Sveum said of Valbuena. "He's got all the things you want in a leadoff hitter."
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