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Dodgers: Big Injury Update on Gonsolin, Almonte, Graterol and More

The Dodgers seemingly have an entire staff’s worth of pitchers on the injured list right now, enough that there are questions about how many of them there will be room for if and when they all get healthy.

Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts gave an update on a handful of those injured pitchers on Friday before the Dodgers played the Padres in San Diego.

Up first, three pitchers are likely to throw bullpen sessions this weekend. Starter Tony Gonsolin has been on the IL for almost two weeks now, and while the original plan/hope was that he would miss the minimum 15 days (actually 12, with the IL stint being backdated by three days), those hopes went out the window when Gonsolin’s arm took longer than they hoped to respond to treatment. Instead, he will be throwing his first bullpen session since being sidelined right around the day he would have become eligible to return.

Reliever Yency Almonte has been out since early August with what he said at the time was no big deal. This would be Almonte’s second bullpen session, with a rehab assignment likely coming soon if all goes well.

Reliever Brusdar Graterol returned from the IL in late August but made just four appearances before going back on the IL with a different injury, this one to his elbow. This would be his first bullpen session since the latest injury.

Tommy Kahnle and Victor Gonzalez are on similar timelines. Both threw in back-to-back games with Triple-A Oklahoma City earlier this week, and both just have just one more box to check off: an “up-down.” That means pitching at least parts of two separate innings in a game, with a half-inning on the bench in between. Up-downs are important to Roberts and the Dodgers in October, so it makes sense they’d want to know Kahnle and Gonzalez can handle it, especially since they’ve said they’re unlikely to use Blake Treinen in up-downs this year.

Having injury updates on five different pitchers in one day underscores the roster crunch the Dodgers might face soon. There’s probably not room on the roster for all five of these pitchers, and the two who are closest to returning — Kahnle and Gonzalez — are the least likely to have longterm spots.

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.

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