Dodgers Way Quick Hits: Brock Stewart, Kiké Hernandez, Bullpen

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GLENDALE, ARIZONA - FEBRUARY 25: Pitcher Brock Stewart #48 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws a pitch during the MLB spring training game against the Chicago Cubs at Camelback Ranch on February 25, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - FEBRUARY 25: Pitcher Brock Stewart #48 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws a pitch during the MLB spring training game against the Chicago Cubs at Camelback Ranch on February 25, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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DENVER, CO – JUNE 1: Relief pitcher Scott Alexander #75 of the Los Angeles Dodgers delivers to home plate during the second inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on June 1, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /

The last spot in the bullpen remains open as Julio Urias has now been moved to the starting rotation after the injury to Rich Hill.  The Dodgers are looking for someone who can pitch multiple innings and fill the long relief role according to Dave Roberts.  The two internal options to fill that role are Dennis Santana and Brock Stewart.

Santana appeared in one game for the Dodgers last season before becoming part of the Dodgers’ long list of injured pitchers.  He appeared in Colorado and gave up five runs in three-plus innings.  Brock Stewart pitched almost eighteen innings for the Dodgers last season and racked up his frequent flier miles going back and forth between Oklahoma City and Los Angeles.

If the Dodgers want to keep Dennis Santana as a starting pitcher in OKC then the team should go with Brock Stewart on the opening day roster.  Brock has not had favorable conditions to work with as he has never gotten to settle in at one location and one role.  This is the last year the Dodgers can option Brock so it makes sense to give him one last chance in LA.

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