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MLB News: Rockies Ian Stewart Optioned to Triple A

Ian+Stewart+JMq_lSH3dqpm The Colorado Rockies are tied for the best record in major league baseball, their ace returns tonight, so why would the team option their starting third baseman to Triple A after a bad start? Ian Stewart has been the Rockies starting third baseman since since 2008. The 26 year old is 4 games shy of playing in 400 games in his career. While he is not the best hitting third baseman in the game, he hit .256 with 18 homeruns in 2010 and had 25 homeruns in 2009. 

Demoting Stewart to the minor leagues for a 2 for 26 start certainly seems a bit harsh. He had been hampered by injuries in Spring Training, but if he is hurt, why wouldn't he be put on the disabled list? Making this even more odd is the Rockies pool to replace him. Jose Lopez is only hitting .188 this season and Ty Wigginton is at the Mendoza line. 

Regardless, Stewart's locker has been cleaned up and after 1,146 major league at bats, he will have to prove himself in the minor leagues before he gets another chance on the big team.

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