The Dodgers have been able to make it by without their full starting staff for quite some time now. In fact, they’ve been without a full staff for most of the season due to injuries and other off of the field issues. Naturally, the bullpen has been a little overworked.
But the good news is that a few Dodgers starters are on the mend and closing in on a return. Clayton Kershaw has been out since before the All-Star break with an elbow issue and was shut down early on attempting to come back too soon.
Pitching coach Mark Prior said on Saturday that he could move on to facing live hitters as soon as this week. He threw a bullpen session this past Friday and should throw a more intense simulated game his next time out for the Dodgers.
Tony Gonsolin has been out since July 31st with shoulder inflammation. He is set to throw his own simulated game with an up-and-down on Monday at Chavez Ravine. The Dodgers do not currently have a timetable for either of their returns.
Dave Roberts has talked about the possibility of both guys not being built up enough to start full games when they do return in September. One possibility is that they could piggyback starts together, though the hope is obviously that they get can stretched out enough.