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Dodgers News: Gavin Stone Optioned to AAA, Alex Vesia Recalled

The Dodgers announced a roster move on Tuesday morning with a one for one swap on the pitching staff. As expected, rookie starter Gavin Stone has been sent to Triple-A, meaning he will not be making his next scheduled start this weekend. In a corresponding move, lefty reliever Alex Vesia is back with the club.

Stone goes back down after giving up 7 runs in 2 innings against the Tampa Bay Rays over the weekend. He’s allowed 16 total earned runs over his first 10 major league innings and will go back to the drawing board at AAA where he’s had a bit more success this season.

It certainly won’t be the last time we see Gavin Stone this season.

As for Vesia, he had a really rough go of it to open the season, as his 7.84 ERA over 13 games will tell you. The Dodgers surprisingly optioned him to AAA on May 3rd to get back on track. And he did just that. After a bad first appearance with the Oklahoma City team, the veteran Vesia has put together 9 straight scoreless appearances, allowing just 5 hits while striking out 18 batters.

The left-hander will give the Dodger bullpen an extra arm for the next two or three games before the team activates starter Michael Grove from the 15-day injured list for a start against the Yankees. That would be either on Friday or more likely Saturday.

Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor and manager of, and a host and analyst on DN's Blue Heaven podcast live stream. Since joining Dodgers Nation, Clint has helped grow the site into a top-50 baseball website in the world. He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future. He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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