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Dodgers RHP Brock Stewart says he 'got the call' to the majors

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Brock Stewart leads Dodgers minor leaguers with 99 strikeouts in 86 innings in 2016.
Brock Stewart leads Dodgers minor leaguers with 99 strikeouts in 86 innings in 2016.
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The Dodgers appear to have a starting pitcher for Wednesday in Milwaukee, though the team has not officially announced anything just yet. But Brock Stewart, the source himself, let the cat slip out of the bag.

We went over the options on Sunday, which were down to basically Stewart and Carlos Frias, the latter needing a disabled list move in order to be recalled within 10 days of being sent down to the minors. Frias is still slated to start the second game of a doublehader on Monday night for Oklahoma City, which would obviously remove him from consideration.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters before the game that the starter for Wednesday was still undecided.

The Dodgers won't need to make a corresponding roster move to add Stewart to the 40-man, since he would just take the place of Nick Tepesch, who was designated for assignment on Saturday, one day after his spot start. The club will have to make a move to add him to the active roster.

Stewart has had a remarkable season, beginning the season with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga. He was promoted to Double-A after just two start, then needed nine starts with Tulsa before getting the call to Triple-A. Stewart has a 1.47 ERA in 14 starts across three levels, with 99 strikeouts and only 14 walks in 86 innings.

He was drafted by the Dodgers in the sixth round in 2014 out of Illinois State.

Our own David Hood said just last week that the 24-year-old Stewart could make an impact on the Dodgers this season.

"Because of his age and stamina, Stewart might be able to steady the back end of the Dodgers' rotation in 2016, capable of throwing six innings with quality stuff each time out," Hood wrote. "Stewart might not end up factoring heavily during the playoffs, but he can certainly aid the process in getting there."

Stewart struck out 10 in each of his last two start for Oklahoma City, including Friday night, putting him in line to start Wednesday on regular rest.