Stewart underwent successful core muscle repair surgery in Philadelphia on Thursday.
Stewart missed the last few games of the season due to an abdominal strain, which proved serious enough to require surgery. The procedure was done by Dr. William Meyers, who noted afterwards that Stewart is expected to be ready for spring training. Stewart hit .267/.375/.417 with two homers and 10 RBI across 17 games in his first taste of the majors in 2018, and he figures to begin the 2019 campaign as Detroit's everyday left fielder, assuming he's healthy.
Stewart (abdomen) is out of Saturday's lineup against the Brewers, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.
Stewart sat out Friday with a lower abdominal strain and he'll remain out Saturday. With the Tigers long since eliminated from playoff contention, they may decide to be cautious with their 24-year-old slugger and hold him out Sunday, too. If that's the case, he'll finish his first professional stint with a .267/.375/.417 slash line, two home runs and 10 RBI in 17 games. Stewart should begin 2019 as Detroit's everyday left fielder.
Stewart is not in the lineup Friday in Milwaukee.
Stewart heads to the bench for the first time since entering the lineup Sept. 10. He's hit a solid .267/.375/.417 with a pair of homers in 17 games in his debut season. Victor Reyes will start in left field in his absence.
Stewart went 3-for-4 with a walk and an RBI in Thursday's loss to the Twins.
Stewart has settled in decently to the No. 2 spot in the Tigers' lineup, as he now has a .792 OPS and 10 RBI through his first 17 MLB games. The 24-year-old outfielder will likely begin 2019 as the team's everyday left fielder and he could be a decent source of home runs and RBI.
Stewart's contract was selected from Triple-A Toledo on Sunday.
The 24-year-old had his ups and downs with the Mud Hens this season, but when all was said and done, he held an .844 OPS to go with 23 home runs in 122 games in Triple-A. Stewart strikes out a decent amount (20.7 percent strikeout rate this season), but his lofty 12.8 percent walk rate more than makes up for that when combined with his solid power. With the Tigers out of the playoff hunt this season, manager Ron Gardenhire said that Stewart will be the everyday left fielder for Detroit for the rest of the season, according to Evan Woodbery of MLive.com. This leaves Mikie Mahtook, JaCoby Jones and Victor Reyes in a timeshare in center field from here out.
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