Dodgers still weighing options for 5th starter

Dodgers still weighing options for 5th starter

PITTSBURGH -- Dodgers manager Dave Roberts insists he still doesn't know who his starting pitcher will be on Wednesday in Milwaukee.

Roberts left the door open a little wider for Brock Stewart, who opened this season at Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga and then made nine starts for Double-A Tulsa before joining Triple-A Oklahoma City. Stewart's next turn to pitch for OKC is Wednesday.

A sixth-round pick in 2014, the 24-year-old Stewart is 3-0 with a 2.89 ERA at Triple-A with 27 strikeouts and only two walks in 18 2/3 innings. Combined this year, he is 8-3 with a 1.47 ERA.

"He's pitched well up to Triple-A. Yeah, I mean, I hear good things," Roberts said. "He might be, if you look at what we have internally and guys that have performed, like I said yesterday, a lot of things are on the table. The way Brock has performed to this point … if it were to happen, that's a big jump. Obviously, if we feel he's ready, that's the decision we'll make."

Roberts said it won't be Hyun-Jin Ryu, Brandon McCarthy, Ross Stripling or Mike Bolsinger. It wouldn't be Minor Leaguers Jose De Leon or Jharel Cotton, unless they are brought back on short rest.

Carlos Frias, listed as the Monday night starter for OKC, might be the most deserving, but he would need to replace a player on the disabled list because he was optioned June 21 when the Dodgers called him up for two days and didn't use him.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.