May 2, 2011 10:17 PM by Lee Douglas and Jordan Mason
Several weeks ago Rockies third baseman Ian Stewart was optioned down to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. Stewart was batting 0.77 at the time and didn't appear to be in sync.
Rockies manager Jim Tracy told him not to look at it like a demotion. Stewart was injured most of spring training and didn't have ample time to get ready for the season. After the slow start the Rockies thought sending him to AAA would give him a chance to play every day and get more at bats.
Stewart told News First 5's Jordan Mason he's treating the whole thing as a positive. "I was happy when I made the team," said Stewart. "Now being able to get down here there are definitely some positives."
And Stewart has certainly taken advantage of the opportunity. He's batting around .400 with the Sky Sox and has three homers. And with Rockies Ty Wigginton and Jose Lopez struggling at the plate, it appears only a matter of time before Stewart is back wearing Rockies purple.
Stewart said, "I never wish guys to do bad and I don't want that to be the reason why I get more playing time but in another sense if they're not swinging the bat well and they feel I'm ready to come back up and contribute then that's good for me."
Don't be surprised if that call to the big leagues comes very soon.