As we hit the end of August, the Dodgers are about the healthiest they’ve been all season long. The star sluggers that make up the lineup are all active and fighting for playing time — that good problem to have the team always references. Only the pitching staff is awaiting the return of some key arms down the stretch run.
One of those arms is attached to right-handed pitcher Tony Gonsolin. The Cat Man has missed the last month with inflammation in his pitching shoulder. The same injury that caused him to miss the first two months of the season.
Now, according to Dave Roberts, Tony is moving closer to returning to the team. The swingman pitched in a simulated game on Monday at Dodger Stadium where he and fellow injured starter Clayton Kershaw put a smile on the manager’s face.
Tony went two innings and just looked really good, really sharp, and he was pretty excited afterward. We’ll see how he comes out of it tomorrow. A three-inning stint with an affiliate is in his near future.
Gonsolin and Kershaw faced hitters from LA’s minor league affiliate in Rancho Cucamonga yesterday and, by all accounts, everyone came out clean. While Kersh is a little further out, Tony could head out on a rehab assignment as soon as this weekend.
On the season, Gonsolin has posted a 2.78 ERA over 10 appearances (9 starts). Upon his return, the expectation is that he’ll slide back into the rotation, filling Mitch White’s role as fifth starter.