It’s about time for some good news for Dodgers fans as Tony Gonsolin inches his way closer to a return. Gonsolin has been on the IL with a forearm injury and was arguably the Dodgers top pitcher before going down.
Luckily, LA has been able to manage fine for the most part without the Catman as the team is on the cusp of setting a new franchise record for wins. Regardless, he will make an immediate impact once he’s back up to speed.
In his first rehab start with Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday night, the right-hander allowed a single to the first batter he faced, but then got the second batter to hit into a double play. He then struck out two of the next four batters he faced, allowing no more base runners. All in all, he threw 27 pitches, 17 of which were strikes, in two innings, averaging 92 mph with his fastball. According to The OC Register, Roberts said if Gonsolin recovers well from the outing, he could pitch for the Dodgers on Sunday or Monday.
Clearly, the hope for the postseason is to have Gonsolin be the fourth starting pitcher behind Julio Urias, Clayton Kershaw, and Tyler Anderson. Even though he will likely be on a pitch count, having him back in the rotation sooner rather than later is a welcome sign any Dodgers fan can appreciate.
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