It took over 2 months for Tony Gonsolin to make his debut for the Dodgers in 2021. A lingering shoulder issue from Spring Training carried over into the season and he could not go on day 1. In fact, it took him a long time to even go out on a rehab stint.
Since his return, Gonsolin’s control has been spotty at best. So much so that he resorted to pitching exclusively from the stretch on Sunday afternoon in Arizona. Gonsolin tossed 3.2 innings and was charged with 1 run but did not allow any walks. The Dodgers pulled him in favor of the bullpen in the 4th inning.
That was not initially a concern since Roberts noted he would throw somewhere between 45-60 pitches before the game. Gonsolin threw just 46 pitches before Doc went to his relievers. As it turns out, that was due to that shoulder issue popping up again.
Roberts said after the game that Gonsolin came out of his last start with some soreness. He threw 81 pitches in that outing, so throwing just 46 was a big step back. Gonsolin spoke about the pain after his outing.
It’s generally similar. It’s in the shoulder. It’s probably more muscle fatigue this time than whatever was going on last time. Throwing less this time will probably help the recovery for next time.
Gonsolin also noted that he was certain he would be ready to go for his next start. As of now, that would line up for this Friday in Los Angeles against the Cubs. Still, that shoulder will be something the Dodgers have to keep an eye on. They have a lot riding on Gonsolin being the 5th starter for the rest of the year.