Stewart (shoulder) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Monday, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
Given Stewart has been sidelined all season with a shoulder injury, the Dodgers decided to shift him to the 60-day DL to clear a spot on the 40-man for Brandon Morrow. He'll be eligible to return at the start of June, though he'll likely need more time before he is ready to rejoin the big club.
Stewart (shoulder) allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits and a walk while recording just one out in his rehab appearance with High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday.
Pitching in his first live action since March, Stewart struggled mightily while throwing just 23 pitches. A little rust is to be expected after a long recovery period and he should have several opportunities to find his rhythm as he works his way back from the DL. Nonetheless, this certainly isn't the start the Dodgers wanted to see out of their young arm.
Stewart (shoulder) is scheduled to start a minor-league rehab assignment with High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Stewart made a few appearances in extended spring training games earlier in the week, and apparently that went without a hitch, so he'll head to Rancho Cucamonga. Seeing as the 25-year-old has been sidelined since early spring training with shoulder tendinitis, Stewart will likely need at least a few appearances at High-A to build up his arm strength before he returns.
Stewart (shoulder) threw two innings in an extended spring training game Thursday, J.P. Hoornstra of The Orange County Register reports.
Manager Dave Roberts said Stewart "came out well" in the appearance, but noted room for improvement. "Hopefully we'll continue to build him up to four, potentially five innings," said Roberts, "We see him as a starter but obviously can use him in the 'pen for long relief." The young right-hander made seven appearances with the Dodgers last season and posted a 2.49 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP over nine starts for Triple-A Oklahoma City, so there's certainly evidence of potential, but he'll need to build up his arm strength before making an impact this year.
Stewart (shoulder) said Friday that he will begin throwing bullpen sessions next week, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com report.
A bout of shoulder tendinitis forced Stewart to the DL to begin the season, but in light of his progress, the right-hander believes he could return to active competition in a month or so. Stewart struggled with the long ball in a 28-inning sample with the big-league team last year, giving up seven homers. He has allowed 15 home runs total in the minor leagues (256.1 innings).
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|2015||AFA-Rancho Cucamonga Qua||2||4||5.43||18||12||0||0||0||63.0||75||39||38||6||4||18||65|
|2015||AFX-Great Lakes Loons||2||2||2.84||7||7||0||0||0||38.0||38||13||12||4||1||6||38|
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|2016||AAA-Oklahoma City Dodger||4||0||2.49||9||9||0||0||0||50.2||41||14||14||4||0||6||54|