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• Ian Stewart, activated from the disabled list on Friday and then optioned to Triple-A Iowa, reported to the Minor League team on Monday for the upcoming road trip to Colorado Springs, but did not play this weekend. Stewart took advantage of the 72 hours given to players to report.

Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said Monday that Stewart had the right to take the time off.

Stewart was projected as the Cubs starting third baseman this year, but injured his left quad in an intrasquad game Feb. 21. Hoyer said it's disappointing that Stewart hasn't been able to play for the big league team.

"Last year, we made a trade for him and he had a lot of injuries he was dealing with," Hoyer said of Stewart, who eventually underwent wrist surgery in early July last year. "This year, we never even had him. It was the first swing of the first game of an intrasquad scrimmage. That's as early in the season as you can get. He hasn't had a chance to help us. There's certainly talent there, left-handed power, he's a good defender."

• On Wednesday, Cubs fans are invited to participate in Chicago Cubs Charities "Pink Out," presented by Advocate Health Care. Each fan who buys a bleacher ticket will receive a Cubs Charities "Pink Out" hat to help promote and support breast cancer awareness. The wives of Cubs coaches and players will be handing them out at the entrance gates.

Fans throughout the ballpark are encouraged to wear pink that day for the Cubs game against the Cardinals.

Proceeds from that day's Cubs Charities 50/50 Raffle will benefit mammograms for under/uninsured women through Advocate Healthcare.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.