Dodgers News: Alex Verdugo to IL, Tony Gonsolin Optioned

The Dodgers made a plethora of moves on Tuesday.

The Dodgers have placed outfielder Alex Verdugo (right oblique strain) on the 10-day injured list and demoted right-handed pitcher Tony Gonsolin to Triple-A Oklahoma City. The club also announced that they have recalled left-handed pitcher Caleb Ferguson and corner infielder Edwin Rios from Triple-A Oklahoma City.


Verdugo has been one of the best rookies in the league this season, posting a .294 batting average, 12 home runs, and a 114 wRC+. The 23-year-old also ranks amongst the best defensive outfielders in Major League Baseball. An oblique strain is not the best news and Dugie figures to be out until September.

Gonsolin, 25, is coming off his second career start in which he tossed 6 shutout innings, racking up 7 strikeouts. He figures to be back with the Dodgers very soon, although it is a bit of a disappointment that he has been sent down.

Ferguson, 23, has not lived up to expectations this season, posting an awful 5.88 ERA across 26 innings at the big league level. He has fared much better with Triple-A Oklahoma City, posting a 1.76 ERA across 15 1/3 innings of work.

Rios, 25, has been decent in limited time, posting a 140 wRC+ across 19 plate appearances. Small sample size, but Rios is capable of providing a solid defensive presence and a powerful left-handed bat.

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 19 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.


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  1. I am so baffled that Caleb Ferguson is back from AAA, and Tony Gonsolin is back to minors! Help me understand this move please? ????

    • I thought the same thing.
      And if Gonsolin is ‘going to come back up soon’ then why send him down at all?
      Maeda, for example, has been awful.
      This is poor management, again. If I was Gonsolin’s agent I’d be looking elsewhere.

      I have said this repeatedly, the only thing to “understand” is that Roberts is incompetent. He’s blessed with great players, but does not know how to manage them.
      The record the Dodger would have with a smart manager would be staggering.
      The Dodgers are winning in spite of Roberts, certainly not because of him.
      In October, we can only hope he won’t be outmanaged again.


  2. Ryu is coming back and this will give Gonsolin some extra work. He could be another reliever in the late innings. Celeb is not producing let him work it out in the minors. At this point I don’t know if you trust Maeda during the playoffs. Gonsolin could be the fit.

  3. Fans need to listen carefully to the Dodger Front Management. After the trade deadline the Dodgers FO has stated numerous times they will be bringing pitchers in and out to audition for the playoff roster. I think any hot pitcher on the Farm may get a call up. They have mentioned, May, Gonsolin and Gonzalez among others.
    PS Gonsolin or any farm player cannot “go elsewhere”… Get a clue how the system works. The players have options and that option can be used for the entire year no matter how many times they go up and down.

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