By Jon Weisman
Brandon McCarthy has officially been activated from the disabled list by the Dodgers, 14 months and three days after he had Tommy John surgery.
Brock Stewart, who struck out seven while allowing five runs over five innings in a spot start for Los Angeles on June 29, has been optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
In other business, the Dodgers outrighted minor-league pitcher Yaisel Sierra to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. Sierra, a right-hander from Cuba, has been pitching for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga.
Additionally, Layne Somsen has been outrighted, while Ian Thomas was released. Both pitchers had been designated for assignment.
McCarthy, as Craig Minami of True Blue L.A. notes, is the first Dodger starting pitcher to make another Dodger start after Tommy John surgery since Darren Dreifort.
The right-hander, who turns 33 on Thursday, spoke at length on Saturday about his comeback and how he let the Dodgers know he was ready.
McCarthy made news off the field over the weekend, donating £10,000 to support an effort sending a British 10-year-old to the United States for an experimental cancer treatment after he was diagnosed with leukemia for the third time.
best of luck to all of you. As a new parent I can't imagine what you're been through and I hope he gets the help he needs
— Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) July 2, 2016
Earlier this morning, the Dodgers announced Julio Urias and Kenta Maeda as their starters for their first two games at 6:10 p.m. Monday and 7:10 p.m. Tuesday against the Orioles. Then, speaking with reporters, Dave Roberts said Wednesday’s 12:10 p.m. game would go to Bud Norris, who will take his second start as a Dodger on four days’ rest.
The unresolved question is whether Thursday will bring a potential return to the Dodger rotation for Hyun-Jin Ryu, who pitched six innings in his most recent rehab start July 1.
Roberts also emphasized to reporters that Stewart wasn’t being optioned because the Dodgers were unhappy with him, but because they needed the roster spot, adding that Stewart could still benefit from more work in the minors.