The first wave of September call-ups to the Dodgers will happen this weekend in San Diego, and two names mentioned by manager Dave Roberts on Wednesday were Andre Ethier and Brock Stewart.
Stewart will start the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader against the Padres, completing the weekend rotation in San Diego set by Roberts on Tuesday.
Dave Roberts said first wave of call ups will include Brock Stewart who will start Game 1 of Double Header on Saturday.— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) August 30, 2017
Kershaw starts Friday night, Darvish Saturday night, Wood Sunday. Saturday day game TBD.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) August 30, 2017
Stewart last pitched for the Dodgers on Aug. 22 in Pittsburgh, allowing five runs in two innings in his third spot start of the season. The second-year right-hander has also pitched seven games in relief in the majors this year, posting a 3.38 ERA and 4.84 FIP in 24 innings, with 17 strikeouts and 11 walks.
Saturday is the first day Stewart is eligible to be recalled from Triple-A, needing to spend 10 days in the minors unless returning to replace someone placed on the disabled or other related lists.
Active roster limits expand from 25 to 40 players on Friday, Sept. 1. Ethier is expected to join the Dodgers for their series in San Diego, but is limited at the moment.
Andre Ethier has a "neck thing," Dave Roberts said. He will still join the team in San Diego.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) August 30, 2017
Andre Ethier has a sore neck that has interrupted his rehab stint. Still expected to be activated Sept. 1.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) August 30, 2017
Ethier has yet to play in the majors in 2017, the second consecutive season he missed the first five months. Ethier is on the 60-day disabled list with lumbar disc herniation, and the Dodgers will need a corresponding transaction to make room on the 40-man roster.
The outfielder is 7-for-32 (.219) with two doubles and four walks in 10 games on his minor league rehab assignment, across three levels. Ethier has been with Oklahoma City since the weekend but hasn’t played since Sunday.
Brandon McCarthy, who pitched three innings in a rehab start on Friday for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga, will continue his rehab assignment for now.
Brandon McCarthy will make another rehab start this weekend.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) August 30, 2017
#Dodgers Brandon McCarthy said he will throw another bullpen Thursday then make another rehab start this weekend. Blister keeps re-opening.— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) August 30, 2017
McCarthy last pitched for the Dodgers on July 20.