Ian Stewart hopes this is the answer, that he wont need surgery to finally fix his sore left wrist.
Stewart returned from the Cleveland Clinic and plans to start a hitting program this weekend after getting a cortisone shot.
The Cubs third baseman said an outside medical opinion indicated a possible compression of the bones in his left hand, which may have pinched some ligaments.
Hopefully, this works, and I start playing again and hitting and its really a non-issue, Stewart said Wednesday. If it gets to the point where its effecting my swing still, then theres other options that we can take. Hopefully, we dont have to go that route.
Stewart went on the disabled list last week to deal with an injury thats been bothering him off and on since last summer, when he was with the Colorado Rockies. He may just have to deal with it all season.
Stewart also hurt his wrist in 2006 while diving for a ball at their Double-A affiliate. He felt good enough to generate 25 homers for the Rockies in 2009.
While Stewart has been a plus defender, he hasnt been the impact bat (.201 average) the Cubs projected. He already had a cortisone shot before the start of a 10-day road trip at the beginning of this month. This injection was made at a different spot.
Its frustrating, Stewart said, because it seems like every time I go in its: Lets just give it a shot and that should work. Its been three or four times now, so its definitely something thats been hard for me to deal with.
It seems like the needle is always a quick fix, and it really hasnt been that way. So hopefully this time it works, and we can just get past this and move on.
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DRIVE: Batavia (episode 9)
TEAM OF THE WEEK: Oak Forest football
VIEWERS' CHOICE GAMES OF THE WEEK: Fremd runs past Schaumburg
WINTRUST ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Notre Dame running back Ty Gavin
FRIDAY'S TOP 25 SCORES
(1) Lincoln-Way East 31, (16) Bolingbrook 0
(2) Batavia 24, Wheaton North 13
(3) Brother Rice 31, (17) Montini 0
(4) Marist 24, Benet 7
(6) Homewood-Flossmoor 56, Sandburg 0
(7) Cary-Grove 55, (15) Naperville Central 41
(9) Nazareth Academy 42, Marian Catholic 6
(10) Maine South 48, Niles West 6
(11) Oswego 22, Plainfield South 15
(12) Richards 41, Eisenhower 6
(13) Phillips 41, Raby 0
(14) Willowbrook 42, Downers South 20
(18) Oak Park-River Forest 48, Lyons 0
(19) Warren 43, Mundelein 7
(20) Glenbard West 35, Proviso West 6
(21) Hillcrest 43, Bremen 6
Joliet Catholic 33, (22) Notre Dame 17
(23) Hinsdale Central 21, Hinsdale South 12
(24) Rolling Meadows 34, Buffalo Grove 7
Wheaton Warrenville South 13, (25) St. Charles North 11
Payton 43, Kenwood 42
Coal City 43, Lisle 14
Huntley 55, Dundee-Crown 12
Perspectives 32, Solorio 16
SATURDAY'S TOP 25 GAMES
Fenwick vs. (5) Mount Carmel
(8) Simeon vs. Curie
Chris Emma, Matt Zahn and Gabe Ramirez join David Kaplan on the panel.
0:00- NBC Sports National NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh joins the panel to discuss the Bulls’ terrible defensive performance as well as Zach LaVine’s impressive season debut.
11:35- Khalil Mack is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Patriots. Can the Bears pull off the upset against Tom Brady?
23:50- NBC Sports Boston Patriots insider Tom E. Curran joins Kap to talk about how New England views the Bears and discuss how Matt Nagy’s team can exploit the Patriots’ weaknesses.
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