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Dodgers News: Roberts Not ‘Encouraged or Discouraged’ by Gonsolin’s Bullpen

Dodgers starting pitcher Tony Gonsolin has been on the injured list for about two weeks, and the original hope was that he would have returned over the weekend in San Diego. Multiple setbacks have prevented that from happening, and we’re now at the point where everyone is just hoping Gonsolin can get healthy in time for the postseason.

Gonsolin threw a bullpen session on Sunday, and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was asked about it before Monday’s game.

“He came out of it okay. I wouldn’t say I’m totally encouraged or discouraged. I think it’s kind of a day-to-day thing. He’s gonna throw another bullpen on Wednesday and we’ll see how that goes. … I just think that he didn’t come out of it feeling really great, there’s still some soreness in there. …

Right now, I’m still confident [Gonsolin can be a starter in the postseason]. But, obviously, every day, every ‘pen that goes by that he’s not at full strength, it’s a little less confident. … I wouldn’t say it hurts, but he just doesn’t feel as strong as he feels he should be or as he has been in the past.”

Those aren’t the words we were hoping to hear Roberts say, of course. An MRI has seemingly ruled out any serious structural damage in Gonsolin’s arm, but the continued soreness is concerning, to say the least. Gonsolin has thrown 128.1 innings this year, by far the most he’s thrown in the majors and approaching the career high he set in the minors in 2018. The unspoken worry is that his arm has just run out of bullets for the year.

Gonsolin will throw another bullpen on Wednesday, so we should have another update on Thursday. Until then, we’ll just hope for at least “encouraged” from the next update. The Dodgers will be a better team in October if Gonsolin is healthy and available.

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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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