Chicago Cubs' Ian Stewart bunts against the Miami Marlins in the third inning of a baseball game in Miami, Thursday, April 19, 2012. Stewart was safe on first base. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
The Cubs and infielder Ian Stewart have agreed to terms on a one-year contract, the team announced on Monday.
To make room for Stewart on the 40-man roster, left-handed pitcher Jeff Beliveau was designated for assignment.
Stewart, 27, returns to the Cubs after being limited to 55 games last season due to season-ending surgery on his left wrist, July 10. He batted .201 (36-for-179) with five doubles, two triples, five home runs and 17 RBI before being placed on the disabled list June 14 and having surgery nearly a month later. Stewart was originally acquired by the Cubs from the Colorado Rockies as part of a four-player trade on December 8, 2011.
The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Stewart is a career .232 hitter with 66 doubles, 59 home runs and 204 RBI in 487 major league games with the Rockies (2007-11) and Cubs (2012). He has averaged 22 doubles, 20 home runs and 68 RBI per 162 games in his major league career.
Beliveau, 25, made his major league debut last season and went 1-0 with a 4.58 ERA in 22 relief appearances for the Cubs.