The Rockies have mapped out a rehab assignment for infielder Ty Wigginton that could see him activated Saturday. And Wigginton's return likely will prompt the team to send slumping Ian Stewart back to Class AAA Colorado Springs for the second time this season.
Wigginton (strained left oblique) will go to Colorado Springs on a rehab assignment and play Wednesday and Thursday. If all goes well, Wigginton would rest Friday and rejoin the Rockies on Saturday.
On May 3, Wigginton was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 27, making him eligible to be activated Thursday.
Wigginton, who is hitting .233 with two homers and 10 RBI, strained his left oblique while raising his arm sliding as he stole second base April 26 at Wrigley Field. He went 3-for-4 with a double and a homer that day during his best game of the season.
Stewart was 2-for-26 with 11 strikeouts when he was optioned to Colorado Springs on April 19. Neither of his two hits left the infield, and one was a bunt.
When Wigginton was injured, Stewart was recalled. He hit well in 11 games at Colorado Springs, and the Rockies would have left him there to get more at-bats had Wigginton not been hurt.
Stewart went 0-for-3 Tuesday in the Rockies' 4-3 loss to the Mets. He was lifted for pinch hitter Jason Giambi, who grounded out against Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez to end the game.
Stewart, who lost a possible hit when first baseman Daniel Murphy snared his hard grounder in the fifth, is 1-for-21 with seven strikeouts since returning from Colorado Springs. The hit was a double at Arizona on May 4 that Diamondbacks right fielder Justin Upton should caught. Since that hit, Stewart has gone 0-for-18. Overall this season, Stewart is 3-for-47 (.064) with 18 strikeouts.
"I've felt good since I've been back up here," Stewart said. "I feel like my stance, my timing, everything's been good. It's just I can't seem to get anything going. It's really hard. It weighs on you."
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