Stewart cleared waivers and was outrighted to the Tigers' alternate training site Tuesday.
Stewart owns a career .225/.300/.376 slash line in 157 games at the highest level. Once a well-regarded power-hitting prospect, he's now been relegated to organizational depth.
The Tigers designated Stewart for assignment Thursday, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.
The 27-year-old outfielder had already missed out on the Opening Day roster after being optioned to minor-league camp two weeks earlier, but the Tigers elected to remove him from the 40-man roster entirely Thursday to clear a spot for long reliever Derek Holland. A former top prospect for Detroit, Stewart struggled to find success over his various stints in the majors across the past three seasons, posting a .676 OPS over 587 career plate appearances.
Stewart was optioned to Triple-A Toledo on Tuesday.
It was reported before the start of spring training that Stewart would have to compete for a roster spot, and he ultimately did not do enough to break camp with the big club. Stewart will be the top option -- or at least among the top options -- should the Tigers need to bring up an outfielder from the minor-league ranks.
Stewart will be competing for a bench spot during spring training after the Tigers added to their outfield depth during the offseason, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
JaCoby Jones and Victor Reyes return and look like outfield starters, and the team added Robbie Grossman and Nomar Mazara in free agency. Akil Baddoo also came over in the Rule 5 draft, creating a bit of a logjam. Stewart's prospect luster has faded over the past few seasons as he's struggled to hit consistently at the MLB level, so he'll need a strong spring training to have any chance at sticking in the majors.
Stewarts was recalled by the Tigers on Friday.
Stewart spent most of the year on the big-league roster before being demoted in early September. He's hitting just .171/.233/.317 on the season in 90 plate appearances. Jeimer Candelario (back) landed on the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move.
Stewart was optioned to the alternate training site after Tuesday's win over the Brewers, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
Stewart started in left field Tuesday and went 0-for-2 with a run and a walk, extending his hitless streak to five games. The 26-year-old will head to the alternate site with a .171/.233/.317 slash line in 33 games this season.
Stewart went 2-for-3 with a solo home run Tuesday against the Brewers.
Stewart took Josh Lindblom deep in the third inning for a solo home run. It was his third long ball of the season and just his second since July 28. Overall, Stewart has just a.185/.250/.369 line with eight RBI and five runs scored across 73 plate appearances.
Stewart is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Cubs.
Stewart homered in Monday's game but retreats to the bench Tuesday, with the Tigers deploying Victor Reyes, JaCoby Jones and Cameron Maybin in the outfield from left to right. It'll be Stewart's fourth time out of the starting lineup over the last seven games, and his rough .158/.226/.298 slash line isn't helping his case for more playing time.
Stewart went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Monday's 9-3 loss to the Cubs.
Stewart went deep against Alec Mills in the seventh inning for his second home run of the season. The 26-year-old outfielder has been a disappointment so far with just the two long balls and a .524 OPS through 21 games, and he's started to lose playing time recently as a result. Perhaps the home run will help get him going.
Stewart is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Indians, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
The lefty-hitting Stewart typically heads to the bench against southpaw starters, but he'll take a seat Sunday with right-hander Carlos Carrasco on the mound for Cleveland. Stewart's absence from the lineup could foreshadow a potential demotion, as the 26-year-old has struggled mightily to get going this season. Jorge Bonifacio will draw the start in the outfield over Stewart, who is slashing .151/.224/.245 with a 32.8 percent strikeout rate in 58 plate appearances.
Stewart is not starting Friday in Cleveland.
Stewart has done very little at the plate this season, hitting .160/.236/.260 in 55 plate appearances. Victor Reyes gets the start in left field in his place.
Stewart isn't starting Wednesday against the White Sox.
Stewart will play a bench role for the second time in the past three games after going hitless in Tuesday's contest. Victor Reyes will take over in left field and bat fifth.
Stewart is not in the lineup Monday against the White Sox.
Stewart has a .587 OPS on the season and has just one hit in his last five games. Victor Reyes starts in left field Monday.
Stewart is not in the lineup for Friday's game against Cleveland.
Stewart's playing time had already been dwindling, as he'd started just two of the last five games heading into Friday's contest. The return of Cameron Maybin (quadriceps) will likely cut into it further. Maybin starts in right field Friday, with Victor Reyes starting in left.
Stewart is not in the lineup Tuesday against the White Sox.
The Tigers will be facing their fourth straight southpaw in Gio Gonzalez. Stewart has started just once over that stretch. Victor Reyes will be the left fielder Tuesday.
Stewart isn't starting Monday against the White Sox.
Stewart will take a seat for the second time in the past three games after going hitless against the Pirates on Sunday. Victor Reyes will slide to left field with Travis Demeritte starting in right field.
Stewart is not in the lineup Saturday against the Pirates.
Stewart will get a breather after Friday's 11-inning win in which he went 2-for-4 with a double, one RBI and one run. Victor Reyes will take over in left field with Travis Demeritte starting as the right fielder.
Stewart went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's win over the Royals.
Stewart's first home run of the season was a significant one, as it put the Tigers ahead 4-3 in the third inning, which ended up being the final score of the game. The 26-year-old came into the game 0-for-7 with six strikeouts to begin the season, so the long ball was definitely a welcome sight.
Stewart (undisclosed) will bat fifth and play left field Tuesday against the Royals.
Stewart was scratched from the lineup Monday for undisclosed reasons, though he did appear off the bench as a pinch runner. Whatever was ailing him was evidently minor, as he's back in action following just a one-day absence.
Stewart was scratched from the lineup for undisclosed reasons ahead of Monday's game against the Royals.
Stewart was in the lineup that the Tigers originally released but was replaced by Jacoby Jones, who pushed Victor Reyes from center field to left, in the updated version. It's unclear whether Stewart is injured or if the chance was a purely tactical one.
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