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Dodgers News: Gonsolin Heading for MRI, Arm ‘Isn’t Quite Responding Yet’

When Dodgers starter Tony Gonsolin went on the injured list earlier this week, there was optimism from both Gonsolin and the Dodgers that he would miss the minimum required time.

That optimism took a bit of a hit on Thursday, when Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts gave an update on Gonsolin’s condition prior to the series finale in New York.

Some had even speculated that Gonsolin’s injury was more of an “injury,” a phantom IL stint designed to manage his workload heading into the postseason. It seems clear that, while the level of concern was low, the injury is very real, and we’re now forced to grapple with the possibility that it’s somewhat severe.

Gonsolin is eligible to return from the IL on September 10, which would have given him about five more starts to finish the season. With him not even picking up a baseball yet, the September 10 date seems highly unlikely. So even a best-case scenario now would probably only give Gonsolin three regular-season starts to get ready for October.

We should get news tomorrow or Saturday on the results of Gonsolin’s MRI, but this setback is nothing but bad news for the Dodgers right now. Clayton Kershaw returns today and Dustin May will make his third start of the year tomorrow, so the Dodgers can compete with their starting pitching even in a worst-case scenario for Gonsolin, but losing a guy of his caliber is always a setback.

Let’s just hope the news isn’t too bad this weekend.

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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.


  1. Of course. If the Dodgers are going to win the WS they will have to do it with their bats.

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