The good news is that the Dodgers might be getting some reinforcements out in the bullpen this week. After starting the year on the injured list, Brusdar Graterol should be joining the team’s taxi squad in San Diego over the weekend.
The bad news is that some of the other arms on the mend are still a ways off. The Dodgers were supposed to have Tony Gonsolin and Joe Kelly to start the year, but slow starts at Spring Training made that impossible.
For Kelly, it sounds like he is still a few weeks behind Brusdar. That likely means an appearance in a game by him wouldn’t come until May for the Dodgers. Even that seems like a stretch based on Doc’s update.
Joe threw well yesterday, he and Brusdar threw yesterday and both threw really well. As I’ve said from the beginning, Joe’s a couple of weeks behind Brusdar and that’s a loose timetable as well.
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The update on Tony Gonsolin might be a little bit more disappointing from Doc. The Dodgers had Tony on their Opening Day roster but he did not itch before heading to the IL. That was due to shoulder soreness which has still prevented him from throwing a bullpen. When asked when he would throw, Doc seemed unsure.
Relatively soon but I don’t know the date. I know he’s still kind of letting it subside the soreness and inflammation. He’ll pick up a baseball here soon and then kind of the progression will start up again.
The Dodgers still have plenty of arms to get the job done very well in the first half of the year. But they’re absolutely going to need these guys down the stretch to survive the grind of a 162-game season.
If they can at least get Kelly and Gonsolin back by the All-Star Game, they should be fine. There is no indication from the Dodgers that they won’t be ready to go by then.