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Dodgers News: Dave Roberts Provides Update on Tony Gonsolin, Plan to Replace Him to Start Year

The Dodgers continue to get bad news on Tony Gonsolin’s recovery from the sprained ankle he suffered in practice earlier this week. What at first seemed to be a harmless injury has now turned into something that could keep him out for at least one start to open the season, but maybe more.

On Friday, Dave Roberts said it’s going to be a “slow process” bringing Gonsolin back, which doesn’t sound very promising for a quick return. So, in his absence, Roberts said it’s going to be a two-man race between Ryan Pepiot and Michael Grove to fill that final spot in the rotation.

This isn’t exactly breaking news, as it was pretty safe to assume it would be up to those guys to fill that spot in the rotation. However, this should now make for a pretty good battle for the rest of spring training.

Both pitchers have looked great thus far this spring. In their most recent outings this week, they each threw three shutout innings.

They both have experience dating back to last season, so they’re in a great position to fill in for some spot starts to open the year. Also, if they pitch really well to start the year, it’s going to be pretty hard for Roberts to option one of them back down to the minors.

This is a great opportunity for these two young pitchers, one they should take full advantage of over the next few weeks.

Who do you think should get the fifth starter spot between Pepiot and Grove?

Let us know in the comments below!

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Noah Camras

Noah is an Editor for Dodgers Nation. He graduated from USC in 2022 with a B.A. in Journalism and minor in Sports Media Studies. He's been a Dodger fan his whole life, and his all-time favorite Dodgers are Matt Kemp and Russell Martin.

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