Dodgers News: RHP Tony Gonsolin Will Miss Start of Season With Ankle Injury
Dodgers RHP Tony Gonsolin, who’s battling an ankle sprain he suffered following a spring training drill last week, will not be ready for Opening Day. Dave Roberts confirmed the news to the media on Friday, saying Gonsolin being ready to start the season is “not gonna happen” (per Mike DiGiovanna of the LA Times).
While this isn’t exactly breaking news, as we kind of saw this coming for the last few weeks, it’s now officially confirmed. So, that means RHPs Ryan Pepiot and Michael Grove will, in fact, be battling for a spot on the Opening Day roster.
As for Gonsolin, he is progressing in his recovery. Earlier this week, he began throwing from 120 feet, and was able to put some weight on his left ankle. Hopefully, he continues to progress, and isn’t forced to miss more than a couple starts.
However, Gonsolin is expected to start the season on the Injured List, meaning he’ll likely miss at least two starts to open the season.
While you obviously would like to be fully healthy for the beginning of the season, for someone like Gonsolin — who fell apart at the end of last season with injuries — Opening Day isn’t that important. The Dodgers need Gonsolin to be healthy come postseason time, so there’s no rush in getting him back from this minor setback.
He’ll return when he’s fully healthy, and hopefully remain that way for the entire 2023 season.
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