I guess we should have read the writing on the wall early when it comes to bad health luck with the Dodgers this season. The team couldn’t even get out of the first series in Colorado before losing right-hander Tony Gonsolin to the injured list with shoulder inflammation.
Now approaching one month later, Gonsolin is slowly progressing in his return to the active roster. On Friday, Dave Roberts provided the latest update on the Cat-Man.
He threw a 20-pitch bullpen session [on Thursday] and came out of it good. So, getting him off the mound was great. My guess is that it’ll be another 3 or 4 days that he’ll get back off the mound and it’ll probably be an up and down or a 30 pitch bullpen.
With all the injuries in the bullpen, Tony’s importance would have been quickly magnified early in the season. Thankfully with the full 162 game season back in play, there’s still plenty of time for him to come back healthy and settle into a key role in the bullpen.
Of the growing list of injured relievers, right-hander Joe Kelly is closest to returning to the team. Kelly entered spring training behind schedule after offseason shoulder surgery, which he revealed to Boston media on Friday. The Dodgers still figure to be without Brusdar Graterol, David Price, and Corey Knebel for an extended stretch.