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Cubs lean on Valbuena in Stewart's absence

CHICAGO -- Luis Valbuena, called up from Triple-A Iowa on Thursday, will be the Cubs' primary third baseman while Ian Stewart is on the disabled list with a sore left wrist.

Valbuena, who primarily played at second base with Iowa, made his second start on Friday.

"[We like] his defense and left-handed bat -- he can drive the ball," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "We'll keep him in there. He was swinging the bat well down there. You try to keep that left-handed bat in the lineup as much as you can."

Valbuena, who was batting .303 at Iowa, said third is more difficult than second, especially when a right-handed hitter is in the batter's box.

"It's harder," Valbuena said. "You have to be ready every time."

CHICAGO -- Luis Valbuena, called up from Triple-A Iowa on Thursday, will be the Cubs' primary third baseman while Ian Stewart is on the disabled list with a sore left wrist.

Valbuena, who primarily played at second base with Iowa, made his second start on Friday.

"[We like] his defense and left-handed bat -- he can drive the ball," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "We'll keep him in there. He was swinging the bat well down there. You try to keep that left-handed bat in the lineup as much as you can."

Valbuena, who was batting .303 at Iowa, said third is more difficult than second, especially when a right-handed hitter is in the batter's box.

"It's harder," Valbuena said. "You have to be ready every time."

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