According to Bill Plunkett of the Southern California News Group, recently recalled right-handed pitcher Tony Gonsolin will receive a start for the Dodgers on Monday in place of Hyun-Jin Ryu.
Ryu, 32, was placed on the 10-day injured list with neck inflammation on Friday. He is currently 3rd in the National League with 11 wins, 2nd in NL WHIP, and tops in all of baseball with a 1.53 ERA.
#Dodgers Tony Gonsolin said he has been told the plan is to have him take Ryu’s start Monday. I imagine that could change if he’s needed in relief this weekend
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) August 2, 2019
As Plunkett notes, Gonsolin is available in relief through this week, but most likely will remain in line to start. In the 25-year-old’s most recent outing, he allowed one earned run across 4 innings of work in relief. In his sole major league start this season and his career, he allowed 4 earned runs over 4 innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Gonsolin looked downright filthy out of the bullpen in his last appearance and could find his long-term home there.
As noted yesterday, Ryu is not expected to miss much time after his IL placement, retroactive to August 1st.
Along with rookie righty Dustin May (who allowed 4 earned runs in 5.2 innings pitched in his debut), Gonsolin is currently auditioning for a spot on the Dodgers’ playoff roster with each appearance from here on out. With less than one month until rosters expand in September, this is a prime showcase opportunity for the rookies.