Dodgers News: Brock Stewart Likely Out Until May

The Dodgers’ depth is already being tested.

Brock Stewart, one of the team’s younger, MLB-tested arms, will be sidelined until May.

Stewart exhibited flashes of brilliance in 2016. He was considered a long shot to make the rotation, but possessed enough upside to warrant a spot in the competition. He garnered external interest this winter, including from the Minnesota Twins.

It’s hard to peg Stewart’s eventual role. The rotation is log-jammed, and that’s before Julio Urias is promoted. The bullpen is flexible, though Ross Stripling will likely already take on a long relief role. Alex Wood or Hyun-Jin Ryu will take another long relief spot. Scott Kazmir is largely an unknown, and his salary may prompt the team to keep Stewart in Triple-A.

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Once healthy, Stewart will probably settle in Oklahoma City. The Dodgers don’t have a logical place for him (barring injury) and the minors will give him ample playing time. If Stewart succeeds, the team can find a spot for him or dangle him as trade bait.

It’s true: One can’t have too much pitching. Stewart is another example.

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Written by Gabe Burns

Gabe Burns is an award-winning journalist. He serves as a reporter and editor at the DodgersNation news desk. He additionally works as editor-in-chief of The Spectator, Valdosta State University's student paper. Gabe's work has been featured on a number of platforms, including Draft Breakdown and Pro Football Spot. His byline has been cited in media such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune. Aside from covering Dodgers baseball, Gabe enjoys watching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Orlando Magic and Tampa Bay Lightning. He can be followed on Twitter at @GabeBurns_DN.


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