Kershaw, Turner dealing with minor ailments

Prospect Stewart tweets news of callup; A's claim Tepesch from Dodgers

Kershaw, Turner dealing with minor ailments

PITTSBURGH -- Key Dodgers Clayton Kershaw and Justin Turner are nursing minor injuries, manager Dave Roberts confirmed on Monday.

Kershaw, who pitched six innings Sunday night, has lower back soreness.

"There was some back stiffness he's been dealing with last few weeks," said Roberts. "I don't think it affected him last night, but he came up a little sore. He still did his workout today. He's day to day, but he'll make his start, for sure."

Turner, playing in the heat and humidity in Monday's 5-4 win, suffered a right leg cramp while batting in the top of the ninth inning and was replaced on defense for the bottom of the ninth.

"It's just a cramp and we'll get fluids in him and see how feels tomorrow," Roberts said of Turner.

Prospect Stewart tweets news of callup

Triple-A Oklahoma City right-hander Brock Stewart tweeted Monday that he has been called up to the Major Leagues, presumably to start for the Dodgers on Wednesday night in Milwaukee, although the club has not confirmed the move.

The Dodgers have almost no other options. There is no true swingman in their bullpen and none of the rehabbing pitchers management was counting on earlier -- Hyun-Jin Ryu, Brandon McCarthy, Frankie Montas, et al -- is ready. Mike Bolsinger is not in the mix and Zach Lee was just traded.

Stewart, a sixth-round pick in 2014, 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.

It would have taken an injury to a current Major League pitcher to allow for the promotion of Carlos Frias, who is listed as the Monday night starter for Oklahoma City. He was optioned last Tuesday when the Dodgers called him up for two days and didn't use him, so he can't return until Thursday unless to replace a player put on the disabled list.

A's claim Tepesch from Dodgers

The Oakland A's claimed pitcher Nick Tepesch off waivers from the Dodgers on Monday.

Tepesch was called up from Triple-A to make a spot start for the Dodgers on Friday night in Pittsburgh. He allowed five runs in four innings and was designated for assignment the next day when the Dodgers recalled infielder Chris Taylor.

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