Cubs Place Ian Stewart on DL; Call Up Luis Valbuena

MILWAUKEE, WI - JUNE 07: Ian Stewart #2 of the Chicago Cubs walks off the field after striking out during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on June 7, 2012 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

The Chicago Cubs have placed third baseman Ian Stewart on the 15-day disabled list with a left wrist injury, according to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com. To replace Stewart on their roster, the Cubs have recalled infielder Luis Valbuena from Triple-A. Muskat reports that Valbuena is starting at third base today for Chicago.

Stewart was initially in the Cubs lineup yesterday but was scratched prior to their game against the Detroit Tigers due to discomfort in his wrist. The 27-year-old has been bothered sporadically by the injury for the past two seasons.

In his first year with the Cubs, Stewart has hit at a clip of .201/.292/.335 with 12 extra-base hits and 17 RBIs.

Chicago selected Valbuena off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays in April. The 26-year-old has spent the past four seasons as a utility player with the Cleveland Indians and Seattle Mariners, maintaining an OPS of .630 over his 735 major league at-bats.

Over his 58 games for the Cubs Triple-A affiliate, Valbuena has posted a line of .303/.378/.507 with eight home runs, 17 doubles and 31 RBIs.

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