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Dodgers Place Tony Gonsolin on the Injured List and Recall Dennis Santana

A surprising move from Los Angeles.



The Dodgers are already making moves to keep their pitchers healthy in 2021. Dave Roberts had previously said he wouldn’t hesitate to call on his taxi squad guys, and he did just that prior to Sunday’s game.

The Dodgers placed RHP Tony Gonsolin on the injured list today with shoulder inflammation. That designation backdated to April 1st, the start of the season. In the process, Los Angeles recalled reliever Dennis Santana from the taxi squad. 

Dave Roberts was asked why Tony was out and how he felt about him moving forward. He did not have a timeline for the Dodgers reliever. 

I don’t know the timeline, I know we can backdate 3 days…it’s something that’s kind of been lingering for the last few days. He went out and played catch today and didn’t feel great.

Gonsolin had made the Dodgers Opening Day roster as a reliever. He had not yet pitched in a game, partially because of the lingering shoulder issue. Tony made 5 appearances through Spring Training with 2 of them coming as a starter. 

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For Dennis Santana, he showed up to Spring Training and got off to a really hot start for the Dodgers. That sort of fell off toward the end though, and he was ultimately optioned to minor league camp. The final spot in the bullpen had come down to him and Scott Alexander. 

The Dodgers will be slightly shorthanded in the bullpen on Sunday with a few guys down for rest. Kenley Jansen will not be available and Victor Gonzalez already pitched on back-to-back days. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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