Stewart latest Cub to catch flu bug

Stewart latest Cub to catch flu bug

Stewart latest Cub to catch flu bug
CHICAGO -- Third baseman Ian Stewart was the latest victim of the flu bug that's been spreading through the Cubs' clubhouse and was available on a limited basis Sunday.

"It's one of those unfortunate things that a lot of teams deal with over the course of the year," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Sunday. "Hopefully, we get [Stewart] back. It hasn't been a one-day thing with anybody, guys have been completely down and out."

Stewart was called on to pinch-hit in the ninth and singled with one out, eventually scoring the game-tying run. The Cubs beat the Dodgers, 4-3, in 11 innings.

"I asked Stew if he could go in the game, and he said, 'I'm a little dizzy and can't really see straight,'" Sveum said.

With the hit, Stewart upped his averaged to .204. He's hit safely in six of his last nine games and driven in a run in four of his last nine. Joe Mather started the game at third base.

"He doesn't deserve a .200 average," Sveum said of Stewart.

Jeff Baker was feeling better Sunday after also dealing with the flu that players claimed started with pitcher Scott Maine. At least, that was Baker's story. Maine was sidelined for two days last week in Cincinnati, then sent to Triple-A Iowa to make room on the roster for Kerry Wood, who was activated from the disabled list.

How do the Cubs avoid catching whatever is going around?

"As bad as these guys have been, you try to keep them away from the ballpark," Sveum said. "That's hard to do when they need to get treatment and medicine. The best you can do is stay away from them, don't shake hands or let them breathe on you. It's a tough thing that teams go through and we're going through it now."