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The Chicago Cubs released Ian Stewart on Tuesday, two weeks disgruntled third baseman's twitter tirade.

Stewart has about $1 million left on a $2 million guaranteed contract. He suspended him without pay two weeks ago after a series of harsh tweets expressing his anger over his status within the organization.

In response to fan questions regarding his potential call-up, he said the team is "going to let me Rott in AA all season then non tender me after." He followed that with "I think (Cubs manager) Dale (Sveum) doesn't like me and He's running the show."

The former first-round pick of the Colorado Rockies was viewed as the favorite to be the starting third baseman, but he suffered a quad injury early in spring training, and was optioned to Triple-A Iowa after batting .091 during a rehab stint.

When a fan asked why he didn't just quit, Stewart tweeted, "why would i quit? I'm making 2 mill in AAA like u would give that up by quitting."

Stewart later apologized to the team and through the social medium, saying "I let my frustrations get the best of me and in no way want to be a distraction."
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