Zach Stewart started one game for the White Sox in 2012 and it didn’t go well. He pitched into the 6th inning, but he also gave up 6 runs, serving up 4 homeruns en route to a 12-3 shellacking at the hands of city’s north side team. He was demoted, and then he was traded to the Red Sox along with Brent Lillibridge for Kevin Youkilis. We all presumed that was that, no more Zach Stewart. Guess again, Sox fans. Zach Stewart has been claimed off of waivers from the Pirates. Stewart went from Boston to Pittsburgh for a player to be named later that turned out to be Naperville’s own Kyle Kaminska. A novelty name drop for the local set, but not likely to set the world on fire for the Red Sox. Once the Pirates pulled Jeff Karstens on board, Stewart was designated for assignment to make room for him. That’s where the White Sox swooped in and grabbed him again. Isn’t that…great?
We can all be hopeful that Stewart will spend plenty of time in the minor league ranks trying to figure out his craft, but if John Danks suffers any setbacks, seeing Stewart battle for a spot in the rotation again isn’t terribly far-fetched.