MLB notes: Twitter rant costly for Cubs' Stewart

Chicago Cubs' Ian Stewart falls to his back after his foul ball bounced up and hit him in the...

Chicago Cubs' Ian Stewart falls to his back after his foul ball bounced up and hit him in the fourth inning during an April 2012 game. (REUTERS/Andrew Innerarity)

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The aftermath of a late-night athlete Twitter rant is never pretty.

Exhibit A: Demoted Chicago Cubs third baseman Ian Stewart.

Cubs general manager Theo Epstein told reporters Tuesday the club has suspended the 28-year-old without pay for a string of tweets that broke the loyalty clause in his contract.

"The cubs are done with me," Stewart wrote. "They're going to let me rot in AAA all season and then non tender me after.

"They might as well release (me) since I have no shot of a call-up."

His parent club wasn't amused.

"We spent the entire morning dealing with an issue that doesn't help us get better as an organization," Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer told the Chicago Tribune. "That's not how we want to spend our time."

Stewart was playing for the club's triple-A affiliate, the Iowa Cubs.

The length of the suspension is till unknown.

Stewart struggled mightily the past two seasons with the Cubs, hitting .164 in 39 games in 2013 after batting .201 in 55 games in 2012.

Stewart is obviously not happy about his present situation.

An avid tweeter -- he goes by the handle "BeefStew2" -- Stewart complained to fans for a couple of hours, starting around midnight.

OSWALT CLOSE

Roy Oswalt is a start away from rejoining the Colorado Rockies' rotation.

The Denver Post reported Tuesday that Oswalt, 35, will make one more minor league start, possibly Friday, at double-A Tulsa before he's promoted to the big league club.

After agreeing to a minor-league deal with Colorado in early May, Oswalt has put up an impressive 2.88 ERA over 25 innings, striking out 18 batters along the way.

The three-time all-star's fastball is reportedly topping out in the low 90s.

In 17 appearances last season with the Texas Rangers, Oswalt finished 4-3 with a rather unimpressive 5.80 ERA, the worst in his 12-year MLB career.

HARPER INJURY

Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper underwent "no operative procedures" during his visit with orthopedist James Andrews Monday, according to the Washington Post.

Speculation arose after a photo of Harper wearing a knee brace surfaced on Twitter. But his agent, Scott Boras, said the brace was just a precautionary measure "to keep (the) knee immobile," and specified that arthroscopic surgery was not performed.

Harper was diagnosed with bursitis in his left knee after crashing into the Dodger Stadium fencing on May 13. He continued to play until May 26 and was placed on the disabled list June 2.

BRIEFLY: New York Mets third baseman David Wright and New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano were named Home Run Derby captains Tuesday. While the derby remains an individual competition, Cano and Wright will be assigned the task of picking three addition hitters from each league "¦ Los Angeles Angels reliever Sean Burnett won't need surgery to repair an injured elbow after an MRI revealed no structural damage. The 30-year-old lefty will be shut down for at least a month, according to the Los Angeles Times "¦ The Seattle Mariners reportedly called up catching prospect Mike Zunino from triple-A Tacoma Tuesday. The M's hope the 23-year-old, who was selected third overall in the 2012 draft, will help solve their catching situation "¦ The San Francisco Giants placed third baseman Pablo Sandoval on the 15-day disabled list with what the club is calling a hairline foot fracture. He's been fitted with a walking boot "¦ The Pittsburgh Pirates announced they've placed Wandy Rodriguez on the 15-day DL with forearm tightness (retroactive to June 6).


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