Ian Stewart’s nightmare season ended in early August because of a wrist injury and Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies third baseman has yet to resume “baseball activity.”
Stewart told Renck that his wrist “is good” and he’s been lifting weights, but likely won’t be cleared to swing a bat before next week.
Even if Stewart were healthy he’d be a non-tender candidate after hitting just .156 in 48 games while spending part of the season in the minors following a demotion to Triple-A at age 26, and the wrist problems make the Rockies even more likely to cut him loose.
Stewart was once Colorado’s third baseman of the future, but through 436 games he’s hit just .236 with a .751 OPS despite calling Coors Field home and would be in line for at least $2.5 million next season via the arbitration process. If another team still sees upside in Stewart they could swoop in and pick him up in a trade, but Renck reports that the Rockies turned down a deal for him in July from the Diamondbacks.