Stewart was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Sunday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Stewart was battling for an Opening Day roster spot this spring, but the Dodgers ultimately opted to send him to Triple-A due to his "lack of consistency," Gurnick reports. The 26-year-old -- who posted a 3.41 ERA in 34.1 big-league innings last season -- shouldn't have to wait too long before receiving his return call to the majors, either as a spot starter or a bullpen reinforcement.
Stewart, who can be optioned to the minors without passing through waivers, may end up back at Triple-A to stretch out as a starter if he doesn't break camp on the Dodgers' 25-man roster as a swingman in the bullpen.
If the Dodgers are creative with their use of the 10-day DL again in 2018, Stewart figures to enter the mix as a starter at some point this season, but he may end up shuttling between the rotation and the bullpen at the big-league level, while bouncing back and forth between Oklahoma City and Los Angeles.
Stewart allowed one run on two hits and four walks while striking out five batters through four innings during Saturday's loss to San Diego. He didn't factor into the decision.
This was Stewart's fourth start this season with the Dodgers, so it was a little surprising to see him pulled after just 72 pitches. It's not a significant fantasy development, though. A healthy Los Angeles rotation doesn't include Stewart, and he hasn't shown enough in the majors to be viewed as anything other than a spot-start flier. It wouldn't be shocking if he moved to the bullpen following Saturday's start, either.
Stewart was called up for his start against the Padres during Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader.
Stewart will make his fourth spot start of the season for Los Angeles, his latest coming against the Pirates on Aug. 22. During that game, the right-hander allowed five earned runs in just two innings. Over the course of the season, he's made 10 major-league appearances, posting a 3.38 ERA and 1.29 WHIP, and a 17:11 K:BB.
Stewart will start Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Padres, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports.
The Dodgers need an extra starter for Saturday's doubleheader, so Stewart will get the ball for his fourth spot start of the season. He was tagged for five runs on four hits and four walks through two innings during his last start, and he's now allowed nine runs over his last 7.1 innings (two starts, one relief appearance) with the big club. He still owns a respectable 3.38 ERA through 24 major-league innings this season. With rosters set to expand at the beginning of September, Stewart will most likely stick around with the Dodgers, though it's fully expected that he'll transition to the bullpen.
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