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Dodgers: Tony Gonsolin Might Be Further Off Than We Thought

Don’t expect Tony in there any time soon.



The Dodgers are dealing with a number of ailments in the bullpen to start off the year. Brusdar Graterol and Joe Kelly were already out of the picture at the start of the season when Opening Day rolled around. Neither of those guys were able to be ready to go and did not make an appearance at Spring Training. 

Tony Gonsolin is another guy that had a setback when the season started in Colorado. Tony was supposed to be one of the longer relievers out of the Dodgers bullpen when he did not make the starting rotation. Instead, they placed him on the 10-day IL with shoulder trouble.

Gonsolin was supposed to throw a bullpen today, at least that’s what Dave Roberts said this weekend. Doc corrected himself today meeting with Dodgers media, saying that Tony hasn’t even started playing catch yet. 

Doc also added that Gonsolin was “a ways off” in his return. That likely means that the Dodgers don’t expect him back very soon, which does complicate things for the bullpen. The good news is that they do have plenty of arms available out there to cover in his absence. 

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The plan for the moment is to let him continue to rest that sore shoulder and get him throwing. The hope is that he can start throwing this week, per Doc. The Dodgers brought up  Dennis Santana in his place, and he has thrown very well over the last couple of weeks between Spring and the regular season. 

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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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  1. Gonsolin is most likely rehabbing with those light bands.It takes a while for those small rotator cuff muscles to heal…I know how talented Gonsolin is,so it will be fun to watch Santana pitch and any young pitcher from the minors who might get big league opportunity.

  2. I would like to see Santana get in a game soon. Pulling for Gonsolin and wish the dodgers would be a little more specific about pitcher’s injuries.

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