ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 15: Ian Stewart of the Chicago Cubs catches a pop fly against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on April 15, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. Both teams wore the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. The Cardinals beat the Cubs 10-3. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Whether Ian Stewart is the Cubs’ third baseman next season is up in the air. He won’t be for the rest of this one, though.
Stewart will undergo exploratory arthroscopic surgery on his left wrist in Cleveland next week in order to diagnose and help treat an injury that has been ailing him for over a year.
Acquired in a four-player deal from the Rockies last winter, Stewart has put up disappointing numbers at third for the Cubs this year. The 27-year-old is hitting just .201/.291/.335 with five home runs in 55 games. Signed to a one-year, $2.24 million deal, it's up in the air whether Stewart will return next season as Cubs' starting third baseman.
Luis Valbuena has taken over duties at third base in Stewart's absence.
Will Ian Stewart be the Cubs' starting third baseman next year?