Dave Roberts stood on the bottom step of his dugout and offered his hand to his rookie pitcher. Roberts could not have daydreamed about moments like this when he became the manager of the Dodgers. But in a season scarred by injuries, this is his reality.
So after five innings, Roberts shook hands with Brock Stewart, the latest rookie to debut as a starter for this team, the latest pitcher unable to plug the void in the team’s rotation. Roberts thanked Stewart for his effort, an admirable but ineffective one in a 7-0 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.
“It’s a tough stage,” Roberts said. “But I thought he handled himself well.”