LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers recalled Brock Stewart from Triple-A Oklahoma City to make his scheduled start on Wednesday night against the Rockies at Coors Field in Denver, but that was far from the only move.
Josh Fields, acquired on Monday from the Astros, and Julio Urias were recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City, while pitchers Adam Liberatore and Louis Coleman were placed on the 15-day disabled list with left elbow inflammation and right shoulder fatigue, respectively.
In addition, outfielder Andrew Toles was optioned to Oklahoma City to make room on the roster for Stewart.
The Dodgers also transferred Clayton Kershaw to the 60-day DL, which means the earliest he is eligible to return is Aug. 26. But given that he has yet to throw a baseball since his July 16 simulated game, that was basically already the case anyway, given the amount of rehab time he will likely need to return.
The move was necessary to make room on the 40-man for Josh Ravin, whose 80-game PED suspension ended on Tuesday. Ravin was reinstated and optioned to Oklahoma City.
Liberatore and Coleman are the 24th and 25th different Dodgers on the disabled list this season, a National League record, and just two shy of the major league record set by the 2012 Red Sox, a team that lost 93 games and finished in last place in their division.
The Dodgers this year are 59-46, on pace for 90 wins, currently leading the wild card race and two games out of first place in the National League West.
Liberatore tweaked his knee covering first base on July 24 in St. Louis, but this elbow situation is new.
Adam Liberatore said elbow has been sore since June. The discomfort increased after he hurt his knee in STL, which affected his delivery.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) August 3, 2016
Coleman had pitched four times in the previous five days.
Five pitchers, including Coleman combined for five innings on Sunday and after Monday’s off day five relievers combined for five more innings. Luis Avilan, Joe Blanton, Coleman and J.P. Howell all pitched both Sunday and Tuesday, with Howell three times in the last four days.
Fields will wear No. 46 with the Dodgers.