Ian Stewart went from starting third baseman for the Cubs at the start of spring training to back-up third baseman at Triple-A Iowa in less than three months.

He’s no longer on the 40-man roster, having cleared waivers and been out-righted to Iowa, and is struggling in the playing time he’s received, hitting .087 with one extra-base hit in 46 at-bats.

Is there a future for Stewart in the Cubs’ organization?

“I’m not sure,” general manager Jed Hoyer replied. “That’s a really good question. I hope there is. I hope he starts playing well. I do think there is a lot of talent there… But at this point it’s going to be about performance. Potential can only take you so far.”

Stewart is guaranteed $2 million, no matter where he plays. Hoyer said Josh Vitters is the Iowa third baseman, and “not allowing Vitters to play third base is a disservice to him as well.” Vitters is hitting .219 in 32 at-bats.

Vitters can and will also play some outfield, Hoyer said.