Sooner rather than later the Dodgers will finally have a true fifth starter in the rotation again. After going with bullpen games just about every fifth day since losing Dustin May, Tony Gonsolin is set to rejoin the team next week. Quite possibly on the upcoming road trip, if all goes according to plan.
Before game time on Monday, manager Dave Roberts shared the update on the right-hander.
Tony is going to pitch with our Triple-A club on Wednesday. The goal is 5 [innings] and 70ish [pitches], or something like that. And if it goes well, he’ll rejoin us for the next turn.
Gonsolin was a major part of the LA rotation in 2020. In 9 games (8 starts), the Cat-Man posted a 2.31 ERA with a 2.29 FIP in 46.2 innings pitched while earning Rookie of the Year honors from Baseball America. He made the opening day roster this season but hit the injured list with a shoulder issue before appearing in a game.
In 2 rehab outings with the Oklahoma City Dodgers this month, Tony has allowed 3 earned runs in 6.2 IP, serving up a pair of home runs in his most recent outing.
While waiting for Gonsolin’s return, Dave Roberts has turned to Edwin Uceta, Jimmy Nelson, and most recently David Price as openers after losing Dustin May to season-ending Tommy John surgery. It’s safe to say that the Dodgers are very much looking forward to solidifying the rotation with the return of Gonsolin.