Cubs hoping to get Ian Stewart through the season


Cubs hoping to get Ian Stewart through the season

Ian Stewart was hoping to get some answers when he visited the Cleveland Clinic for another medical opinion on his left wrist.

It doesnt sound like the Cubs third baseman received bad news, but its unclear whether he got what he wanted to hear.

The doctors checked him out and they didnt find anything that our doctors hadnt found, so nothing major, manager Dale Sveum said Tuesday. They (did a cortisone shot) on top of the hand this time and it seemed to go well. So hopefully that can get him through the season and well go from there.

Stewart, whos hitting .201, was placed on the disabled list last week to deal with an injury thats been bothering him since at least last summer, when he was with the Colorado Rockies.

Before leaving for Cleveland, Stewart didnt rule out the possibility of surgery, but Sveum didnt seem to think that would be an option on the table right now.

This kind of thing is lingering, Sveum said, but hopefully his cortisone shots in a different area make a big difference.

Podcast: Cubs pass the first test in midst of crucial stretch

Scott Changnon

Podcast: Cubs pass the first test in midst of crucial stretch

On the latest CubsTalk Podcast Scott Changnon and Tony Andracki discuss the state of the Cubs offense, the value of Javy Baez and Addison Russell and what it means now that the starting rotation looks to be finding its form.

With 17 games in 17 days (most of which come against contending teams), the Cubs started things off right with a series victory in St. Louis.

Listen to the entire podcast here:

NHL Draft Profile: D Quinn Hughes

NHL Draft Profile: D Quinn Hughes

From June 17-21, Charlie Roumeliotis will profile two prospects per day — 10 total (five forwards, five defensemen) — leading up to the NHL Draft.​

Quinn Hughes

Position: Defenseman
Height: 5-foot-10
Weight: 170 pounds
Shoots: Left

Scouting report:

"He's got the puck skills, is a good skater, and is a guy with some high-end offensive talent. He wants to get right in there and play where it's hard and where you get rewarded. When he gets that puck on his stick, he wants to bury it."

NHL player comparable: Torey Krug/Kris Letang

Fit for Blackhawks:

It's no secret the Blackhawks are looking to restock their pipeline with some high-end defensemen. Henri Jokiharju and Ian Mitchell are on the way. But the former isn't a lock to be a full-time NHLer this season and the latter will continue playing in college for the 2018-19 season.

Hughes, who shined at Michigan and the IIHF World Championship with Team USA, would have the best chance of the three to crack the Blackhawks lineup first. The problem is, he likely won't be available at No. 8, so if Hughes is the guy they're locked in on, they'd need to trade up to grab him. 

If they did that, Hughes would give the Blackhawks a third blue line prospect they can get excited about. He's a left-handed shot, which evens out the balance in the system, and he would become a prime candidate to eventually replace Duncan Keith as the team's No. 1 defenseman.