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Monday, July 2, 2012
Stewart set for surgery, could miss 2 months

By Doug Padilla

ATLANTA -- Unable to make any progress with his injured left wrist, Ian Stewart is set to have surgery that could keep him out for at least two months.

Stewart has been on the disabled list since June 14 with what is being called left wrist soreness. But the injury dates back over a year to when he was with the Colorado Rockies and has given him sporadic discomfort.

His latest examination came at the Cleveland Clinic, and while the cortisone shot recommended from that visit didn’t solve the issue, there was a discovery made on what the pain could be stemming from. Stewart appeared to have calcium deposits on some bones that could have been affecting a nerve.

The issue could be related to a compression fracture he had in the wrist when he was a minor-league player.

Manager Dale Sveum said the first procedure done on Stewart will be arthroscopic to get a look at the damage. If anything is revealed from that procedure, more surgery could be needed.

Stewart was expected to be a power source for the offense this season after coming over in a trade that included prospect Tyler Colvin. But he delivered just five home runs and 17 RBIs before he was injured with a .201 batting average and a .335 slugging percentage.