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Cubs' Stewart suspended 10 days for Twitter rant

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The Chicago Cubs suspended third baseman Ian Stewart without pay for 10 days because of a Twitter tirade regarding his status with the organization.

Technically, he violated the loyalty cause in his contract, according to a team official, ESPN.com reported. The suspension began Wednesday as a result of comments made Monday on his twitter account.

"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. What he did was really unprofessional and there are going to be consequences. Beyond that, I'm not going to comment."

In a series of late-night tweets with his followers, Stewart vented on Twitter. He blamed Cubs manager Dale Sveum for his status and said the organization is letting him "rot" and "might as well release me."

The rant began after a fan asked if there was "any word when you're heading back to Chicago." Stewart replied: "Probably never."

Stewart is batting .164 with Triple-A Iowa, with four home runs and 19 RBIs in 110 at-bats.

When someone told Stewart to "just keep grinding ... and rake," he said, "I honestly believe if [third baseman Luis] Valbuena were to get hurt they wouldn't call me up."

When another person suggested that Stewart should "quit baseball," Stewart replied: "Why would I quit. I'm making 2 mill in AAA like u would give that up by quitting."

The Cubs non-tendered Stewart in December but re-signed him for $2 million. In his one season with the Chicago Cubs -- after spending 2007-11 with the Colorado Rockies -- Steward batted .201 with five homers in 179 at-bats.

Stewart did apologize on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon before the suspension was announced.
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