The Nationals have decided to reassign pitcher Rafael Martin and infielder Ian Stewart to their minor league camp, the team announced Wednesday. Martin posted 1.35 ERA in eight appearances this spring with seven strikeouts and two walks over 6 2/3 innings. Stewart hit .279 with three home runs and four RBI in 43 plate appearances.
Nationals infielder Ian Stewart is a candidate to start at third base if Anthony Rendon (knee) isn't ready for the start of the regular season, MLB.com reports. Stewart has shot out to a hot start this spring, going 10 for 31 with one double, three home runs and four walks. He credits his work in the offseason and the tutelage of hitting coach Rick Schu in the batting cage. "[Schu] got my hands in a good position to fire. The rest is up to me at that point," Stewart said. "It's nice to be able to get the at-bats here, be able to play and do well at the same time, showing that I'm ready if Anthony is not."
Ian Stewart is in camp with the Nationals this spring looking to land a spot on the team's bench. Stewart has a lot to prove since his career has been in decline since a 25-homer campaign in 2009 with the Rockies. Stewart said his offensive struggles had a lot to do with wrist and hand injuries he sustained the last few years, per The Washington Post. He also feels the changes he made to his swing and hitting style to please other organizations also didn't help. However, he appears confident going back to his old routine will suit him well this spring. "This offseason, I just tried to get back to my old ways of hitting and ways of working out in the past," he said. "Really, just trying to be as comfortable as I can in the box. I've gotten into my own head a lot the last few years. Just struggling and letting that affect different parts of my game. … I'm at a point where I'm completely comfortable in the box. I feel like my head is clear because I really felt so good hitting this winter that I feel confident again in the box. I'm comfortable, I'm loose, I'm not in my own head."
The Nationals signed third baseman Ian Stewart to a minor league contract on Tuesday. Stewart hit .176/.22/.382 with two homers and seven RBI in 24 games last season for the Angels.
Veteran third baseman Ian Stewart has declined an assignment to Triple-A Salt Lake City and will leave the Angels to test free agency. Stewart struggled to make contact in 2014, fanning 31 times in just 68 at-bats. He compiled a stat line of .176/.222/.382.