By Evan Brunell
Ian Stewart has received the call to the majors again, but this time will only serve as a bench player, the Denver Post's Troy Renck reports on Twitter, with other sources confirming.
Stewart was once considered as Colorado's third baseman of the present and future, but that's changed as he's battled to stay relevant at the major-league level. He's hitting just .064/.154/.085 in a brutal slump on the year for the Rockies, earning two separate demotions to Triple-A. From 2008-10, Stewart racked up a .246/.334/.454 line in 1,236 plate appearances with 53 home runs, so the 26-year-old certainly looked ready for a full-time job.
Now, he's essentially a forgotten man despite ripping Triple-A up to the tune of a .269/.356/.581 in 44 games, bashing 14 home runs. This is a guy who can produce; he just needs a longer leash or a change of scenery. Unfortunately, he'll get neither as Renck says he is strictly a bench player. Colorado is shorthanded due to day-to-day injuries to Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez, the team's two best hitters.
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