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.
Tony Gonsolin is not throwing a bullpen today.
Dustin May and Trevor Bauer are throwing one today though.
In a few days, Gonsolin will start throwing. He is still a ways away according to Dave Roberts.
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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.
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.