DENVER -- The latest victim of the Dodgers' aggressive roster manipulation is Brock Stewart, who was optioned back to Double-A Tulsa one day after blanking the Cubs for five innings.
Stewart was sent down to clear a spot on the roster for Monday night starter Kenta Maeda, who had been parked for three days on the roster of the Dodgers' Rookie-level Arizona League club. Because that club's season has ended, Maeda is allowed to be recalled without waiting the usual 10-day freeze period.
Tulsa's season could end Monday, so Stewart will be eligible to be recalled then, unless it qualifies for the playoffs.
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.