Stewart may require surgery on injured left wrist

Stewart may require surgery on injured left wrist

CHICAGO -- Cubs third baseman Ian Stewart may need to have surgery on his left wrist, which is not responding to cortisone shots or treatment.

Stewart has been on the disabled list since June 13, and sought a second opinion from a specialist June 18 at the Cleveland Clinic.

Asked if the third baseman would need surgery, Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said Saturday: "It's a strong likelihood."

Stewart was batting .201 with five home runs and 17 RBIs in 55 games with the Cubs.

"They haven't made a complete decision," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said about the possibility of surgery. "There's some calcification on the bone that's causing some of the problem."

A decision was expected around the All-Star break.

"We're probably going to have to make that decision pretty soon," Sveum said. "There's no progress going on, so we'll have to make that decision."

Said Hoyer: "It's been frustrating for Ian and frustrating for us."