Stewart (elbow) was transferred to the 60-day injured list Thursday, Maddie Lee of NBC Sports Chicago reports. Stewart has been on the injured list since July 6 due to right elbow inflammation, and he'll now be unavailable until at least early September. A timetable for his return hasn't yet been established.
The Cubs placed Stewart on the 10-day injured list Tuesday with right elbow inflammation, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports. The righty's first half comes to an end after he allowed a homer, a walk and three unearned runs Monday against the Phillies. Stewart is eligible to return July 16 for the Cubs' first game after the break, but it's unclear whether he'll be ready. Elbow inflammation can often indicate a more serious injury, but there's yet to be any such word from the Cubs.
Stewart was recalled from Triple-A Iowa on Friday, Gordon Wittenmyer of NBC Sports Chicago reports. Stewart pitched four scoreless, hitless innings and struck out three in his only minor-league outing after being optioned June 12. His last Cubs outing was a tough one, as he allowed five runs in four innings of work. He's replacing Tommy Nance though, who yielded as many runs in 1.2 innings Wednesday.
Stewart was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Saturday. His ERA shot to 5.68 after he gave up five earned runs in four innings Friday against the Cardinals. Stewart could return to the big-league rotation later this summer if he can show some improvement at Triple-A. Cory Abbott could be an option to take his rotation spot, and Adbert Alzolay (finger) will eventually rejoin the rotation.
Stewart gave up five earned runs on six hits and two walks while striking out three in four innings Friday against the Cardinals. He did not factor in the decision. His ERA ballooned from 3.12 to 5.68 with this poor outing. After logging five scoreless innings May 31 against the Padres, Stewart has now failed to record more than 12 outs in either of his last two outings. If Stewart remains in the rotation, his next outing would be on the road early next week against the Mets.
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