MIAMI -- Rehabbing Cubs third baseman Ian Stewart, who already was struggling at AAA Iowa, missed Friday's game there because of a sore elbow after being hit by a pitch Thursday. He returned to the lineup Saturday,
He was unable to throw Friday, said Cubs manager Dale Sveum. it's unclear whether he'll have any lingering effects.
Stewart, who missed all of spring training because of a quad strain, is just 3-for-27 with 10 strikeouts in eight rehab games for the I-Cubs.
Sveum has already said the $2 million third baseman has no guarantee of unseating Luis Valbuena for the starting job when he returns from the disable list. "He'll have to earn it," Sveum said earlier this week.