Stewart is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Yankees, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. Stewart will hit the bench after starting seven of the last eight games for the Orioles, as Joey Rickard starts in left field for the series opener. The 24-year-old is 3-for-18 with one home run home run during his first two weeks in the majors
Stewart went 2-for-3 with a double, a solo home run and a second run scored in Wednesday's 2-1 win over the Blue Jays. The 24-year-old has been seeing regular playing time since his mid-September promotion. Stewart had only one hit (a single) in 15 at-bats prior to this performance, but he's been making consistent contact -- his strikeout in his third at-bat Wednesday was only his third in the majors against two walks.
Stewart will earn his first career callup Tuesday, Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun reports. The 24-year-old hit a mediocre .235/.329/.387 for Triple-A Norfolk this season, adding 12 homers and 11 steals. While he was drafted in the first round back in 2015, Stewart doesn't have a lot of prospect pedigree left. His only standout tool is his raw power, and so far he's had trouble tapping into much of that in games. He'll likely be a bench bat down the stretch.
Stewart (hamstring) was reinstated from the disabled list Monday. Stewart has been out since late May with a hamstring strain. Prior to the injury, the outfielder was hitting a solid .271/.363/.451 with six homers in 41 games for Triple-A Norfolk.
Stewart was assigned to Triple-A Norfolk to start the season, MLB.com's Mike Rosenbaum reports. This was anticipated after Stewart spent 126 games at Double-A last year, but it is worth noting as he is now one promotion away from the big leagues. He hit .278/.378/.481 with 21 home runs and 20 steals (on 24 attempts) last year at Double-A. On paper that looks great, but the 6-foot, 230-pound outfielder really doesn't look great in a uniform, and he is already 24 years old. It's possible that his impressive approach (87:65 K:BB last year) allows him to beat the odds and become a solid everyday left fielder, and now that he is at Triple-A, he may get his chance against big-league pitching later this summer.
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