Ian Stewart expected to miss 10-14 days with quad strain

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The Cubs non-tendered Ian Stewart in October before bringing him back on a one-year, $2 million contract with the chance to compete for the starting third base job, but he’s going to be a bit behind this spring.

According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, Stewart will miss 10-14 days after an MRI revealed a mild-to-moderate strain of his left quad. He suffered the injury while rounding first base during Wednesday’s intrasquad game.

Stewart, who turns 28 in April, batted .201/.292/.335 with five home runs and a .627 OPS in 55 games last season prior to undergoing surgery on his left wrist in July. The Cubs can pay him a termination fee of $500,000 at the end of spring training if he doesn’t make the team. Luis Valbuena would be the starting third baseman in that case, which isn’t exactly a good thing.