It’s been a long time since Tony Gonsolin has pitched a meaningful game for the Dodgers. You have to go all the way back to game 6 of the 2020 World Series for his last appearance. And while he did pitch in Spring Training, he has yet to pitch for the big league squad this year.
Gonsolin has been on the injured list all season with a shoulder injury. The Dodgers placed him on the IL just a few days after Opening Day. Since then, he’s been working his way back to become a consistent member of the starting rotation.
It seems like as soon as Dustin May went down with Tommy John surgery, the Dodgers plan was to get Gonsolin back in there. It took a while though, and Los Angeles had to resort to bullpen games to get by with only 4 starters.
But Tony is back! Gonsolin gets the start tonight against the Pirates in Pittsburgh and he is expected to be 100 percent ready to go. He had said on Tuesday afternoon that he felt good and ready to go whatever length the Dodgers need from him.
Fans often forget that Gonsolin was one of the most effective pitchers for the Dodgers in 2020. Through 9 appearances, Goose put up a 2.31 ERA and a pristine 2.29 FIP. To make room for him on the roster, Los Angeles moved Scott Alexander to the 60-day injured list. Alexander is currently recovering from a shoulder ailment.