Dodgers News: Tony Gonsolin Nearing Minor League Rehab Assignment

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.

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  1. With Gonsolin and Kershaw healthy, LA will have 4 elite starters and they can use Gonsolin and/or Price as 5th starters or long relievers in September. They can then keep their 7 best relievers and send the rest to the minors. The only reason to use anyone else out of the bullpen would be to keep the other arms rested. It will be interesting to see what happens in October. Usually, they only need 3 starters, so there is a question of whether they use Urias or Kershaw as the ace out of the bullpen, or simply spread out their starts to keep everyone fresh.

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