Just as with teammate Matt Garza, Chicago Cubs third baseman Ian Stewart continues to have terrible luck returning to action. On Thursday, February 21, Stewart came out of the Cubs’ intrasquad game after straining the quad muscles in his left leg.
Stewart strained his quad while rounding first base on a single. He had an MRI on Friday, and the results came back Saturday morning. The MRI revealed a mild to moderate strain that could keep him out of action for 10 to 14 days. MLB.com’s Cubs beat writer Carrie Muskat quoted Stewart on Saturday as saying that the timetable for his return is more precautionary and that the injury is less serious than the timetable indicates. Said Stewart, “I got the MRI and that's just kind of a vague timetable right now, just to see how things progress…. I feel like it's progressing pretty good today. I woke up today and didn't feel as much stiffness as I had."
Stewart spent the offseason recovering from his wrist injury that shortened his 2012 season to 55 games. He worked with Hall-of-Famer Rod Carew to recapture the swing that produced 25 home runs in 2009. He sees the quad strain as a setback, but Stewart believes that it will not affect his chances of making the Opening Day roster because he still has all of Spring Training to recover. “This is unfortunate, but I think if this was toward the end of camp or the middle, it may be a different story,” Stewart told Muskat.
Luis Valbuena is likely to play third base for the Cubs in Stewart’s absence.
Source:Carrie Muskat, Stewart Sidelined by Left Quad Strain, cubs.mlb.com, February 23, 2013.
See Raymond’s Chicago Cubs 2013 Season Preview on his blog, The Sports Critic.
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