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Dodgers News: Tony Gonsolin Heads to the Injured List with a Shoulder Issue



One day after struggling with command and making it out of the second inning, the Dodgers placed right-handed pitcher Tony Gonsolin on the Injured List with a shoulder issue. Officially, the issue was termed shoulder inflammation. Moreover, the move was part of a flurry of roster moves ahead of Saturday night’s game.

Tony opened the season on the active roster but quickly hit the IL with a shoulder issue in April. After missing most of the first two months of the season rehabbing the initial shoulder inflammation, he made his debut on June 9th and has been in the rotation since then.

After last night’s outing, Gonsolin was asked whether his shoulder was a cause for his struggles with velocity and command. He didn’t deny it.

“[The shoulder] has its days where it doesn’t feel great but for the most part it feels good on game day. I’m not going to take it out of the mix [as a cause for struggling], but it’s no excuse to not throw strikes.”

Dave Roberts seemed surprised by those comments from Gonsolin last night.

“We never want to put any player in harm’s way,” Roberts said. “If it’s something that’s going to potentially hurt him further, we’ll have that discussion. But everything I’ve heard from him and the staff, he’s definitely healthy enough to pitch and not putting himself in harm’s way.”

At minimum, the right-hander will be on the IL for 10 days, but in all likelihood, it’ll be longer. 

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  1. For, the reaming of the season, rename the team: LA Psychosomatics. They might not play right, we know they aren’t “managed” right and most of all, “suppose injury” after injury, trips to DL, daily but they might just live up to that name.

  2. No, he wasn’t right. He was constantly spiking the ball way short and wide off the plate. His velocity was way down and his breaking balls had no command, totally unusual for Tony. He was trying to be a warrior for the team and not let Doc know, however it backfired on him and the team.

  3. Gonsolin looked pretty bad. Three walks and a double in one inning. I don’t know his real injury status, or if this was related to the earlier injury. But I still like him and know what he can do when he is right. He has just about every pitch in the book, and killer movement on all of them. He’ll get it back.

  4. I’m sorry to hear about this.I’m a Gonsolin fan.Dealing with rotator cuff injuries is a mother!

  5. Not just a roster move, putting Gonsolin on the IL. You could see that he wasn’t following through properly on some of his pitches. Some suggested that when Kershaw went on the IL just before the Break, that, that was just a move to give Clayton some additional rest–obviously, that was not the case.
    Gonsolin is legitimately hurting and the question is: “To what degree”?

  6. Why isn’t this issue resolved by the physical staff and the coaching staff and the Manager? Why is the Manager letting this get worse by sending him out to send Gonsolin to the mound with such obvious physical and/or psychological problems?

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