Injury updates: Brock Stewart, Andre Ethier.

Brock Stewart

Brock Stewart has been shut down with fatigue in his right shoulder. (Denver Post photo)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Brock Stewart has been shut down from throwing due to shoulder fatigue, and manager Dave Roberts said Sunday that he isn’t sure when the right-hander will pick up a baseball again.

“As I understand it is not serious,” Roberts said. “He just got a little fatigued and there’s soreness in his shoulder.”
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The Dodgers’ starting rotation is starting to rotate on a normal-ish basis.

Ross Stripling

Ross Stripling is one of six different pitchers who will start for the Dodgers in a six-game stretch this week. (Associated Press photo)

Ross Stripling and Brock Stewart are scheduled to start the next two games against the Arizona Diamondbacks. That will complete a streak of four straight rookie pitchers (Kenta Maeda today, Jose De Leon yesterday) who will have started a game with the Dodgers nursing a small lead in the National League West standings.

What’s more, the Dodgers are scheduled to use a different starting pitcher in all six games they will play this week.

However, things are about to get normal. (Normal-ish, at least.) After an off-day Thursday, the Dodgers travel to Miami to kick off a 10-game road trip. Here are the probable matchups for that series:

Friday: Clayton KershawJose Fernandez
Saturday: Rich HillTom Koehler
Sunday: Maeda – Jake Esch

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Dodgers option Brock Stewart to Double-A Tulsa, recall Kenta Maeda.

Kenta Maeda

Kenta Maeda is 2-1 in three starts against the Colorado Rockies this season. (Associated Press photo)

The Dodgers optioned Brock Stewart to Double-A Tulsa to make room for Kenta Maeda, tonight’s starting pitcher, on the 25-man roster.

The Tulsa Drillers’ season ends Sept. 5 — a week from today — so Stewart will be eligible to rejoin the Dodgers after that day.

Stewart pitched the best game of his brief major league career Sunday at Dodger Stadium, pitching five scoreless innings in a 1-0 win over the Chicago Cubs.

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Dodgers tab Julio Urias to start Saturday; could Jose De Leon follow?

Julio Urias

Julio Urias will make his 12th start of the season for the Dodgers on Saturday, and his second against the Chicago Cubs. (Getty Images)

Is this the weekend the Dodgers unveil the future of their starting rotation?

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Dodgers engage in a bit of roster trickery to bolster their bullpen.

Kenta Maeda

Kenta Maeda leads the Dodgers in innings pitched this season, but he’ll spent three days on the roster of the Rookie-level Arizona League Dodgers. (Denver Post photo)

Prior to Friday’s game against the Chicago Cubs, the Dodgers optioned their top starting pitcher to their lowest minor league affiliate.

Why is Kenta Maeda a member of the Arizona League Dodgers tonight?

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