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Ian Stewart Injury: Third Baseman Likely Needs Wrist Surgery

Chicago Cubs third baseman Ian Stewart is likely headed towards surgery on his left wrist as a series of injections hasn't provided the expected relief, as Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago reports. Stewart has been on the disabled list since June 14, dealing with soreness in the wrist that has persisted for weeks.

Cubs GM Jed Hoyer spoke with reporters recently about the injury, with Padilla grabbing the quotes:

Yeah, I think it’s a strong likelihood is a strong way to characterize it. He may be able to avoid it but to this point we have tried to exhaust every option to avoid it and it may well end up with surgery. It’s been frustrating for Ian and frustrating for us.

Stewart has been a major disappointment in Chicago since being acquired from the Colorado Rockies last offseason for a package based around outfielder Tyler Colvin. Over 202 plate appearances this season, he's hit .201/.292/.335 with five homers, the second consecutive season that he's put up essentially unacceptable numbers at the big league level.

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