At his point, it’s almost comedic how much talent the Dodgers have in their starting rotation. There are at least 8 guys on the 40-man roster right now that could compete for a spot in any rotation. Tony Gonsolin is absolutely one of those guys.
After pitching 4.2 more shutout innings against the Padres on Wednesday, Gonsolin talked about his future. For the moment, it’s sort of unknown where he stands in the Dodgers plans for this year. Alex Wood is close to making a return from shoulder inflammation and the rotation is full as is.
Gonsolin also talked about his reason for being late to the Dodgers Summer Camp. Gonsolin was not around the first week of workouts and intrasquads having tested positive for COVID-19. In his opinion, he likely got a false negative that led to him being held out. When asked if he thought that false-positive kept him from making the roster, Gonsolin opted to instead look to the future.
There’s no way to prove it, but I’m pretty sure I got like a false-positive coronavirus test. I tested positive once, have not tested positive since then…Obviously, in hindsight, it’s easy to look back and say if I did what I was doing in our summer camp and all that stuff. That’s a bunch of speculation and all that stuff. But I was just trying to get here, trying to get as ready as quickly as I can and stay as healthy as I can be. And then when I get an opportunity up here, take advantage.
It’s hard to justify keeping a guy who has now thrown 8.2 scoreless innings at the alternate site. Gonsolin struck out a career-high 8 Padres batters Wednesday en route to a much-needed win for Los Angeles. The question is though, what will the Dodgers do with him?
Gonsolin could very well end up being a guy that comes out of the bullpen. There are already several electric arms in the Dodgers relief core, and he could only add to that. And if the plan is to keep Dustin May in the starting rotation, Wood would need to push someone else out.
Ross Stripling could be a candidate to be back in the bullpen as well should the team opt for Wood int he rotation.