Cubs waiting on Stewart to bolster infield depth

Cubs waiting on Stewart to bolster infield depth

MILWAUKEE -- With the addition of outfielder Julio Borbon on Friday, infielder Alex Gonzalez was designated for assignment. That doesn't give the Cubs much depth in the infield. Cody Ransom is the backup at second, short and third, and there is no official backup first baseman.

Manager Dale Sveum said the Cubs will rectify that when they add third baseman Ian Stewart, who is rehabbing at Triple-A Iowa. Stewart missed Spring Training after straining his left quad in an intrasquad game Feb. 21, and weather has interfered with his rehab at Iowa. Stewart had played in two games heading into Friday.

"He needs a good solid week to play," Sveum said of Stewart, limited to 55 games last season because of problems with his left wrist that ultimately required surgery. "He had no Spring Training."

When Stewart does arrive, Luis Valbuena can fill the utility infielder role.

"If [Stewart] is here, he's going to start," Sveum said. "Valbuena will move all over the place. You still have to perform."

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.