The Dodgers injury bug is so bad that it’s even extended to the minor league side. Los Angeles has already lost Dustin May to Tommy John surgery this year, and it sounds like they will be losing one more arm in their system.
Brock Stewart announced today that he will need to have the season-ending surgery next week. The Dodgers right-handed pitcher cited weeks of elbow issues that led to the decision by him and the medical staff to opt for surgery.
The Dodgers brought Stewart back to the organization on a minor league deal this past offseason. He was previously placed on waivers by the team in 2019 when the Toronto Blue Jays claimed him. He would go to the Cubs in the Rule 5 draft in 2020 before returning to LA.
It’s been a long journey for Stewart in his big league career. Coming up with the Dodgers, they used him as more of a fill-in guy for 3.5 seasons. He spent a lot of time flying back and forth between Triple-A and the big league camp to make brief appearances.
All told, he tallied 84 innings for the Dodgers and pitched to a 5.46 ERA and 5.70 FIP. Most of his opportunities came in mop-up duty or less prominent roles. It’s unclear what his path is with the team moving forward, but he will need at least a year off to recover.
The typical recovery window for a pitcher undergoing Tommy John surgery is 12-18 months.