Dodgers Make Flurry of Roster Moves at Onset of Freeway Series

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The Los Angeles Dodgers made several roster moves late Monday afternoon, recalling outfielder Trayce Thompson and righty pitcher Brock Stewart from Triple-A Oklahoma City. To make room on the 25-man roster, the club option right-handed reliever Ross Stripling back to OKC, and place righty starter Brandon McCarthy on the 10-day disabled list with symptoms of tendinitis in his right knee.

The 25-year-old Stewart will make his second stint with the big league club after pitching in one game out of the bullpen on June 20 against the Mets, when he earned his first big league save. In three starts with the Oklahoma City Dodgers this season, Stewart has posted a 3.24 ERA over 8-1/3 frames and has struck out 13 batters without issuing a walk. The Illinois native saw his first big league action last season with the Dodgers going 2-2 with a 5.79 ERA in seven games, which included five starts. Stewart was sidelined for most of the spring with severe soreness in his right shoulder.

Thompson, 26, will also make his second stint with the Dodgers this season after going 0-for-8 in three games from April 12-15. Thompson was hitting .211 with seven homers, eight doubles, four triples and 25 RBI in 62 games for Oklahoma City. Last year, the Southern California native appeared in 80 games for Los Angeles, batting .225 with 13 homers and 32 RBI, before his season was cut short due to stress fractures in his back.

McCarthy made his 13th start of the season on Sunday against the Rockies, allowing five runs — four of which were earned — on four hits over an even three innings with two strikeouts, as he did not factor in the decision in the Dodgers’ 12-6 victory. He has gone 6-3 with a 3.25 ERA this season.

“There was a flare-up with his knee that he’s been dealing with,” manager Dave Roberts said as he broke the news about McCarthy. “He’s dealt with it all year.”

Stripling also pitched in Sunday’s contest, allowing one run on three hits in two innings of relief with one strikeout. In 22 relief appearances this season, he has gone 0-3 with one save and has posted a 4.03 ERA, while striking out 40 against only 10 walks in 38 innings.

With righty Kenta Maeda sliding into the starting rotation on Tuesday, Brock Stewart presumably slides into the bullpen’s long man role. Taking into consideration the latest roster shuffling, the Dodgers’ relief corps holds steady with seven relatively fresh arms.

In addition to the aforementioned moves, recently acquired utility man Mike Freeman was recalled from OKC when outfielder Franklin Gutierrez was placed on the disabled list on Sunday.

(Dai Sugiura furnished the majority of information in this report)


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