Originally posted on Cub Reporter  |  Last updated 5/3/13
The Cubs have reinstated 3B Ian Stewart from the 15-day DL and optioned him to AAA Iowa. Stewart suffered a strained quad in an intrasquad game in February, and missed the entire 2013 MLB Cactus League Spring Training schedule. He was placed on the Cubs MLB 15-day Disabled List on March 31st (retro to 3/22), and was left behind at Extended Spring Training when the Cubs left Arizona at the end of March. Stewart hit 200/250/267 in 16 PA at Extended Spring Training, and then was moved up to AAA Iowa on April 14th where he hit 091/255/114 in 58 PA.  Because Stewart made his debut on an MLB 25-man roster more than three years ago, Optional Assignment Waivers had to be secured before he could be optioned to the minors. Optional Assignment Waivers are revocable (meaning the request can be withdrawn if the player is claimed), and once secured they are good for the entire waiver period. So Stewart can be sent back & forth to the minors without any restrictions (that is, he can be recalle...
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