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Cubs' Stewart still unsure if wrist was fixed

7/15/2012

CHICAGO – Despite wrist surgery Tuesday, Chicago Cubs third baseman Ian Stewart said he won’t know if his problem was solved until he starts swinging a bat again, possibly in six weeks.

He’s not saying his season is finished, but Stewart sounds resigned to not playing again this year, at least on the major-league level.

“I feel like I'll definitely be good to go for next year,” Stewart said. “If it ends up that I don't play anymore this year then I guess I would take my normal kind of time off at the end of the year and then get back into this thing and rehab wherever I'm living in the offseason.”

Expected to pick up some offensive slack after the departure of third baseman Aramis Ramirez, Stewart was unable to deliver. The Cubs went out and obtained him from the Colorado Rockies in a deal that included Tyler Colvin.

While Colvin has flourished in Colorado, Stewart barely delivered a .200 batting average with a handful of home runs before he went on the disable list June 14. Luis Valbuena has since take over at third base for the Cubs.

It’s possible that Stewart has played his last game in a Cubs uniform. He is arbitration-eligible in the offseason, but he could be non-tendered, which would make him a free agent.

Stewart had two areas of his left wrist operated on during his surgery in Cleveland. One part of the surgery was to fix two wrist bones that were overlapping and likely rubbing against each other.

“They did everything they said they were going to do,” said Stewart, who was in a sling with his wrist in a cast. “I just pray that they got it all and I can kind of move on and in a few weeks start rehabbing and get that whole process started.”