The Dodgers battle for bullpen spot or even starting rotation spots is a tight one during this Summer Camp. Even with David Price opting out of the season, there are still plenty of guys left fighting for spots on the Opening Day roster.
On Saturday morning, it was announced that the Dodgers had optioned Tony Gonsolin to the alternate site training camp. Gonsolin was a late arrival to Summer Camp and was a trending a little bit behind other pitchers. While he was likely not going to have a crack at the starting rotation, many had thought he might have a shot to make the bullpen.
According to MLB's transactions page, the Dodgers optioned Tony Gonsolin to their alternate training site.
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Gonsolin will still be a part of the Dodgers 60-man player pool, so we will likely see him at some point during the season. Los Angeles is likely trying to get him built back up for longer appearances, and knew that he would not have time to be ready to go by Opening Day.
Dustin May and Brusdar Graterol will likely be the two long options out of the bullpen, though it’s unclear how many guys there will be in the bullpen. Dave Roberts has already said that the Dodgers will carry extra pitchers with the expanded 30-man roster to start the season.
Gonsolin appeared in 11 games for the Dodgers in 2019, making 6 starts in the process. He pitched with varying success between the bullpen and rotation, putting up a 2.93 earned run average and 3.86 FIP for the year.