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Ian Stewart was a late scratch yesterday, and now it looks like he’ll be missing some time with his sore wrist.

“He’s been battling as much as he can through it,” manager Dale Sveum said of Stewart’s wrist. “It just got to the point today where it was pretty bad. Took him out of the lineup and we’re going to get it evaluated. We’ll put him on the DL [Thursday] and go from there.”

Stewart has been dealing with wrist issues for a long, long time – as far back as 2005. It was at its worst last year when he missed most of the second half of the season, and although the issue right now is just “soreness,” it’s fair to wonder when we’ll see him again.

As for who will replace Stewart on the roster, it is likely to be AAA infielder Luis Valbuena, 26, who’s hitting .300/.376/.502 for the Iowa Cubs. Josh Vitters, 22, is the Cubs’ current, most-advanced prospect at third base, but the Cubs don’t believe he’s ready for a look in the big leagues. Vitters is on the 40-man roster, though, so he’s going to require a look soon.

UPDATE: Indeed, it’s Luis Valbuena getting the call to the big team. He’s not on the 40-man roster, so it would seem there’s gotta be a corresponding 40-man move coming up. Someone like Blake Lalli could be removed relatively easily.

  • Idaho Razorback

    I guess I’m the only one up at this hour. Sorry Stew, welcome Valbuena.

  • Jschroeder

    I’m still up here in Lake Tahoe!

  • Ben

    I wonder if this is a blessing in disguise and extended rest will give us the pre-injured ian stewart of a few years ago…..I doubt it, but it would be nice

    • CastrotoBarneytoLaHair

      It is a “head-scratcher” to think that he has been battling through this wrist injury, and they kept trotting him out there. He has been tough to watch. Since he was one of Theo’s classic upside/reclamation projects, why didn’t they just give him extended rest to get the wrist to 100%, and play Cardenas/Baker/Mather. Instead, Stewart has struggled and the fans have soured on him. Doesn’t make sense…

  • Robert
    • Leroy K

      Excellent. Thanks Robert! That was loud!

  • CubFan Paul

    A Valbuena & Cardenas platoon might not be too bad

  • rcleven

    Could this be the end of Stewart’s stay in Chicago?
    The wrist has been a issue for Stewart since 05.

  • HoustonTransplant

    I’ll be heading to the game today. What do you think the chances are of seeing Valbuena make the start at 3rd today? My gut tells me it’ll be Mather or Baker or some other joker…

    • Leroy K

      Baker

  • Chris S

    It kinda surprises me that Cubs/Rockies haven’t looked more into Stewart’s wrist issue (or have they?). If it’s been bothering him for 7 years(!!!), and while I’m no doctor, it seems to me like there has to be something more wrong. There has to be something that keeps making it sore all the time.. What is a DL stint going to do in this case? Rest it until it feels better, but then play until it gets sore again.. and round and round we go.

  • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

    It’s officially Valbuena coming up for Stewart.

  • Cubbies4Life

    The View from Sec Taylor Field: I’ve been watching Valbuena – and Ty Wright, too – and they are both pretty darned good. Ty’s come-to-the-plate song is “Folsom Prison Blues,” which is kind of a hoot. Gotta love AAA! Anyways, I was there when Rizzo bonked his knee. A collective “GASP!” was heard in the stands, and I almost spilled my beer…

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