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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.
Fri, 03 May 2013 11:42:50 -0700
The Chicago Cubs activated 3B Ian Stewart (quadriceps) from the 15-day disabled list Friday, May 3, and optioned him to Triple-A Iowa.
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.
Tue, 30 Apr 2013 15:41:19 -0700
Chicago Cubs 3B Ian Stewart (quadriceps) is only 4-for-40 in 12 rehab games with Triple-A Iowa, and manager Dale Sveum said Stewart will need to start swinging better to see consistent at-bats.
Fantasy Tip: Stewart has even admitted that he doesn't think he's ready, so don't expect Chicago to activate him until he starts swinging it. As a result, even though he has intriguing power possibilities, only consider him in NL-only leagues upon his return.
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.
Fri, 19 Apr 2013 17:14:39 -0700
The Chicago Cubs do not have a lot of depth in the field. Newcomer INF Cody Ransom is considered the backup at second base, shortstop and third base, at least until 3B Ian Stewart (quadriceps) is healthy enough to return.
Fri, 19 Apr 2013 17:14:05 -0700
Chicago Cubs 3B Ian Stewart (quadriceps) is on a minor-league rehab assignment at Triple-A Iowa, but he has been limited to just two games due to rain. Manager Dale Sveum said he needs to have at least one "solid week to play," before he is activated from the 15-day disabled list.
Mon, 15 Apr 2013 14:39:53 -0700
Chicago Cubs 2B Darwin Barney (knee) went 4-for-5 with a double for Triple-A Iowa Monday, April 15, and he's expected to rejoin the team Tuesday, April 16. 3B Ian Stewart (quadriceps) went 0-for-4 in his second rehab game for Iowa.
Fantasy Tip: Get ready to get Barney back in your lineups tomorrow. He's mainly middle infield depth in mixed formats but should be owned in most NL-only leagues.
Sat, 13 Apr 2013 09:53:09 -0700
Chicago Cubs 3B Ian Stewart (quadriceps) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa Sunday, April 14.
Sat, 06 Apr 2013 16:50:53 -0700
Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum said 3B Ian Stewart (quadriceps) is about two weeks away from returning to the team. Stewart was scheduled to get four to six at-bats in a minor league game Saturday, April 6. Stewart will go on a minor league assignment before joining the team.
Sun, 31 Mar 2013 13:36:36 -0700
The Chicago Cubs have placed 3B Ian Stewart (quadriceps) on the 15-day disabled list because of a quadriceps injury.