Manager Dale Sveum confirmed Ian Stewart will undergo exploratory surgery on his left wrist sometime in the next week or so.
Stewart made an announcement about the procedure on Twitter early Monday morning.
Stewart is hitting .201 with five home runs and 17 RBIs in 179 at-bats. The wrist injury helped sap him of his power, which is a big part of his game, when healthy.
There's no timetable for Stewart's return, but he won't be back until late summer, if at all. Sveum said it's too early to know if he'll be the starting third baseman next year.
"He's got all the ability to do it," he said. 'I'd like to see some adjustment in the swing, whether it was the hand or not. ... The defense is something you're always wanting, and the power and athleticism he brings, there's just not many around at third base that have those kind of attributes. We've got to get better than what we've been the last 300 at-bats in the big leagues."
In other news, David DeJesus is out of the lineup with a sore neck, but Sveum expects him back Tuesday.
Ryan Dempster threw 40 pitches off a mound on Monday and is still projected to return after the All-Star break. Sveum doesn't expect him to go to the minor leagues for a rehab start "if everything goes as well as it went today."
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