Dodgers Get Good News on Tony Gonsolin Following MRI
When Tony Gonsolin went on the injured list earlier this week, both Gonsolin and the Dodgers were optimistic they had caught the forearm issue early and that he would likely miss the minimum 15 days with the injury.
On Thursday, Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts said Gonsolin’s arm wasn’t responding to treatment as quickly as they had hoped and that he’d be getting an MRI when they got back home on Friday.
Friday came and so did the MRI, and the new is good.
Roberts said Tony Gonsolin’s MRI “was as good as we could have hoped.” Gonsolin will resume playing catch today..
— Dodger Insider (@DodgerInsider) September 2, 2022
What a team is hoping for in an MRI is a clean bill of health, and it appears that’s what they got on Gonsolin. Knowing there is no structural damage, the All-Star righty can resume his throwing program in hopes of returning around the time he’s eligible to do so.
Gonsolin’s chances of winning the NL ERA crown basically went out the window with the IL stint, as there’s no way he will have enough innings to qualify for the title. (To qualify for the leaderboards, a pitcher must have one inning pitched for each team game, meaning 162 innings by the end of the season. Gonsolin is currently 33.2 innings shy of that benchmark.)
His chances of winning 20 games aren’t totally gone, as the Dodgers would have about 25 games left if he returns as soon as he is eligible. That would give him four or five starts to get the four wins he needs to reach 20.
For now, the personal accolades and accomplishments aren’t nearly as important as the team goal of winning the World Series, and their chances are much better with a healthy Gonsolin in October. To that end, Friday’s news was very good indeed.
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