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Cubs suspend Ian Stewart for 10 games following Twitter rant

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

The Cubs have suspended Ian Stewart following Monday's rant. (USATSI)
The Cubs have suspended Ian Stewart following Monday's rant. (USATSI)

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UPDATE: Stewart received a 10-game suspension, reports Matt Ehalt of ESPN Chcago. The suspension began Wednesday and is indeed without pay.

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As Dayn Perry told you earlier, infielder Ian Stewart went on a Twitter rant Monday night in which he criticized the Cubs for not calling him up and bragged about earning seven figures in Triple-A. The team was not too pleased with that, and it has responded by suspending him indefinitely without pay.

Larry Reynolds, Stewart's agent, released a statement regarding the incident:

"I have spoken to both Ian and [president of baseball operations Theo Epstein] regarding Ian's tweets last night. Ian is very apologetic for venting his frustrations with his situation in that manner. He has apologized to the Cubs organization and does not want to be a further distraction. With that being said, if the Cubs don't have Ian in their plans, I feel it is in the best interests of both parties for the Cubs to release him and end this relationship."

Epstein confirmed the team does have a number of games in mind regarding the suspension, but has some legal issues to work through first. The team used the standard loyalty clause in the contract to hand down the suspension.

Stewart, 28, is hitting .168/.286/.372 with five home runs in 40 games for the Cubs' Triple-A affiliate. He is a .232/.319/.417 (86 OPS+) career hitter in parts of six big league seasons, including last year with Chicago.

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