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Dodgers: Tony Gonsolin Making Strides in Return from Shoulder Issue



The Dodgers keep on keeping on when it comes to players on the road to recovery. Wednesday was a big day for injury updates. Dave Roberts confirmed that Mookie Betts is set to return from the injured list today (Thursday). Clayton Kershaw has his target in focus in his return to the rotation. And, right-hander Tony Gonsolin is making strides in his recovery from shoulder inflammation.

Yesterday, the Cat Man tossed a 25 pitch simulated game at Petco Park, facing Mookie twice, according to Roberts.

He used his whole mix. It was one inning, he sat down, faced Mookie another time for another 5 pitches. I would assume now he’ll throw a bullpen in two or three days and then get back on the mound for a simulated two inning, two-plus situation. Good day for Tony.

Tony has been on the IL since July 31st after a second consecutive erratic outing in which he revealed that his shoulder was, in fact, bugging him again. The swingman missed most of the first two months of the season after dealing with right shoulder inflammation during the first week of the season.

In 10 outings, 9 starts, Gonsolin has a 2.78 ERA across 35.2 innings pitched. He joins Clayton Kershaw in building up for a potential starting role come October. However, chances are more likely that Tony finds himself in the bullpen in the postseason, that is if he can prove he’s ready to get big league hitters out in September.

NEXT: Return of Julio Urías Helps Create an ‘Elite Rotation’ in the Eyes of Roberts

Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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