Tony Gonsolin to injured listing: What newest hit to Dodgers’ rotation means

By Rowan Kavner
FOX Sports activities MLB Author

The Dodgers already misplaced Walker Buehler for the season and await the return of Clayton Kershaw from the injured listing. Now, they have to soak up one other important late-season absence of their league-leading rotation.

All-Star Tony Gonsolin, who leads the majors with 16 wins and paces the Nationwide League with a 2.10 ERA and 0.87 WHIP, has been positioned on the injured listing on account of a proper forearm pressure. The Dodgers recalled right-handed pitcher Michael Grove to begin Monday.

“It just felt kind of tight coming out of last outing,” Gonsolin informed reporters Monday. “I had dealt with a little bit of the forearm tightness earlier this year, thought it was going to go away in a couple days. It just kind of lingered this time, so we’re going to push it back, miss a couple starts, which is OK.”

Gonsolin stated he expects to return as soon as his 15 days on the injured listing are up. The IL stint is retroactive to Aug. 26, so the Dodgers count on him again weeks earlier than the playoffs start.

Nonetheless, it’s greater than only a innocent respite for the 28-year-old right-hander, who has already thrown 72.2 extra regular-season innings than he has in another season in his major-league profession. He stated he’s undecided if the workload contributed to the problem.

Gonsolin stated he hasn’t undergone an MRI, however handbook assessments on his arm didn’t point out any ligament points. There appears to be significantly much less concern with him than there was two months in the past, when Buehler went to the injured listing as a result of identical ailment. Scans later revealed a flexor pressure on Buehler, who in the end wanted Tommy John surgical procedure and a flexor tendon restore.

Gonsolin, in the meantime, received’t throw the subsequent two days and can be reevaluated Wednesday in New York. 

The Dodgers weren’t conscious that something was improper with the NL Cy Younger candidate till Sunday, when Gonsolin knowledgeable pitching coach Mark Prior of the tightness he was feeling two days after his most up-to-date bullpen session. Supervisor Dave Roberts defined that the Dodgers wished to train warning.

“He’s gone so hard all year,” Roberts stated. “To make that IL move, to skip two starts, it just didn’t seem like a whole lot of cost. Hopefully kind of reset him and get him ready for the postseason.”

The Dodgers nonetheless have beginning pitching depth to account for the accidents. 

Kershaw is predicted to rejoin wholesome starters Julio Urías, Tyler Anderson, Andrew Heaney and Dustin Might within the rotation both Thursday in New York or Friday in Los Angeles. The Dodgers had been planning to maneuver ahead with a six-man rotation to provide the starters further relaxation. That would change with Gonsolin out, although Roberts stated Monday {that a} choice hasn’t been made. If the staff wished to stay to the plan, rookies Grove or Ryan Pepiot might function a sixth starter.

Gonsolin doesn’t count on the break to influence his buildup or readiness for the postseason, both. However with solely 35 video games left, any impediment or setback to the rotation is magnified.

A again harm has restricted Kershaw to simply three second-half begins. Might has made solely two begins up to now in his return from Tommy John surgical procedure. Buehler is out the remainder of this 12 months and presumably subsequent. Urías, Anderson and Gonsolin have served as steadying forces in a rotation that also leads the majors in ERA (2.67), WHIP (1.04), opponents’ batting common (.210) and wins (60), regardless of a litany of accidents all year long, with Gonsolin’s forearm pressure the most recent. 

Gonsolin has thrown 128.1 innings up to now this 12 months — one out greater than his earlier skilled profession excessive, set when he tossed 128 innings between Single-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Tulsa in 2018 — however he didn’t look to be carrying down. He allowed simply two runs in 4 August begins earlier than occurring the IL.

“Obviously, this is uncharted territory for him,” Roberts stated. “I think the one part of it is, yeah, you do lose a little bit of momentum of the season that you’re having. But I think the most important part is we’ve got to do what we can to keep him healthy. If he’s healthy, then we’ll bet on the performance.”

Gonsolin expects to choose up the place he left off when he’s eligible to return Sept. 10. The Dodgers are relying on that, too.

“It does suck, the time, coming into September,” Gonsolin stated. “But I do think it’s also a blessing a little bit, give me a little break and then playoffs.”

Rowan Kavner covers the Dodgers and NL West for FOX Sports activities. He beforehand was the Dodgers’ editor of digital and print publications. Comply with him on Twitter at @RowanKavner.

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