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LA's Stewart on shelf with shoulder tendinitis

Dodgers being 'careful' by shutting down prospect for at least a week
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PHOENIX - Dodgers pitcher Brock Stewart said he's been shut down for at least a week with right shoulder tendinitis.

Stewart made a meteoric rise through the Dodgers' system last year, beginning the season at Class A Rancho Cucamonga, but reaching the Major Leagues by the end of June and starting five games for the Dodgers.

PHOENIX - Dodgers pitcher Brock Stewart said he's been shut down for at least a week with right shoulder tendinitis.

Stewart made a meteoric rise through the Dodgers' system last year, beginning the season at Class A Rancho Cucamonga, but reaching the Major Leagues by the end of June and starting five games for the Dodgers.

As a result, Stewart's combined innings jumped from 101 in 2015 to 149 in '16. He said the club believes the tendinitis was caught early and is considered mild.

"It might mean my season starts late, but they just want to be careful," said Stewart.

Stewart, a sixth-round pick in the 2014 Draft out of Illinois State, has made two Cactus League appearances of 1 2/3 innings each and allowed seven runs on five hits (including one home run) and hit two batters.

With the depth of Dodgers' starting pitching, Stewart was likely to begin the season in the rotation at Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Worth noting

• Shortstop Corey Seager (oblique) and outfielder Andre Ethier (tight hip) continue to nurse lingering injuries. Manager Dave Roberts said Ethier is able to do some baseball activities, such as play catch, but won't return to action until he "feels really good." Seager hasn't played since March 3, and still isn't working out on the field.

Pedro Baez is playing catch again after bruising his thumb on a comebacker on Feb. 22.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.

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