Stewart (knee) was activated from the 7-day disabled list and started Saturday for Double-A Chattanooga, covering three innings and giving up two runs on four hits and three walks with no strikeouts.
Stewart was sidelined for a little over two weeks with left knee tendinitis, but after throwing 59 pitches and experiencing no setbacks Saturday, he looks poised to enter the offseason at full health. That won't be much of a silver lining for the former first-round pick, who has largely fallen off the prospect map with a lack of control providing a major hindrance to his development. Over 82 innings across two levels this season, Stewart has submitted a 4.28 ERA and 57:46 K:BB over 82 innings.
Stewart was placed on the 7-day DL at Triple-A Rochester with with tendinitis in his left knee, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
He missed more than seven weeks in May and June with a similar ailment. His injury comes at a poor time as he had just been promoted to Triple-A. He made one start at Rochester and gave up our earned runs in five innings. His injury could end his chance for a September callup.
Stewart was called up to Triple-A Rochester on Thursday, LaVelle E. Neal of the Minnesota Star Tribune reports.
Despite a couple rough outings recently, Stewart has been pitching well for Double-A Chattanooga since coming off the disabled list (knee) in late June. On the year, the 22-year-old accumulated a 4.01 ERA and 1.49 WHIP in 74 innings. One area of concern lies in the fact that he's only managed to strike out 52 batters, while walking 42. His command hasn't been present for much of the season, but if he's able to find control and display the ability to miss bats in Rochester, Stewart could work his way up to the majors in the coming seasons.
Stewart threw six scoreless innings with two strikeouts and one walk Thursday for Double-A Chattanooga. He had missed a month with a knee injury
Stewart has not been impressive in Double-A with just a 4.8 K/9, 6.9 BB/9 and 4.50 ERA. His knee injury may have been a factor, but he wasn't impressive at Double-A last year either with just a 4.6 K/9.
Stewart has a 5.11 ERA and 5:12 K:BB ratio in 12.1 innings in three starts for Double-A Charlotte.
Stewart has struggled with control as he's also thrown five wild pitches, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. He still has time to turn around his season, but it's not the start to the season he needed as his prospect star has already been fading.
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