Stewart to remain in Arizona until rehab assignment

Stewart to remain in Arizona until rehab assignment

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Cubs' Ian Stewart, sidelined with a sore left quad, was progressing well, but it will be at least two more weeks before he'll be able to start a rehab assignment.

Stewart, who has not played in a Cactus League game, was examined Sunday by Cubs orthopedic specialist Dr. Stephen Gryzlo. The plan is for him to remain in Arizona until Minor League teams begin their seasons.

If all goes well, Stewart would be ready to rejoin the Cubs by the end of April, beginning of May.

The third baseman is coming back from wrist surgery, which he had last July. The wrist has not been a problem this spring, but he injured his quad on Feb. 21 in an intrasquad game after hitting a double. It was his only at-bat.

Luis Valbuena will open the season as the Cubs' starting third baseman.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.