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Dodgers News: Tony Gonsolin Dealing With Unexplainable Injury, Could Head to Injured List

Tony Gonsolin did not look like himself on Friday night at Dodger Stadium. In what was by far the worst outing of his career, the 29-year-old lasted just 3.1 innings, allowing 10 earned runs and five home runs. The start ballooned his ERA to 4.98, and put his status in the Dodgers’ rotation very much in question.

After the game, though, we got some clarity on his recent struggles. While it wasn’t an excuse, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts made it clear that he’s been dealing with some sort of injury for the last four to six weeks.

“It’s a performance game,” Roberts said. “You’ve got to go out there and perform. Even if you’re not 100 percent and you’re willing to take the baseball, wanting to and still not performing – then we as an organization have to make a decision.”

That “decision” Roberts is referring to is in regards to Gonsolin potentially going on the injured list. If he’s doing more harm to the team than good, they can’t allow him to keep taking the mound every fifth day.

“I think we’re going to kind of talk about it tonight,” Roberts said. “There have been a couple good ones in there the last six weeks, but overall, just hasn’t been what we’re used to seeing from Tony. I don’t know the decision right now … but physically he’s not 100 percent. I think we’re going to circle up with Tony tomorrow and figure out if a blow, a break, getting away from this makes sense.”

Gonsolin weighed in a little bit on the injury, too.

“I can’t explain it,” Gonsolin said. “I don’t know what it is, exactly. But it’s more elbow than shoulder.”

A break would definitely make a lot of sense for Gonsolin, who’s enduring the worst stretch of his young career. With Ryan Pepiot set to return to the rotation for Saturday’s doubleheader and Emmet Sheehan still very much an option, the Dodgers don’t need to continue forcing it with Gonsolin.

They need to let him get back to 100 percent, and then assess his role in the rotation after that.

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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.

One Comment

  1. This doesn’t make sense. Gonsolin is allowed to pitch with an injury, sore elbow and Kershaw is shut down for 5 to 6 weeks because of inflammation in his shoulder although he says he feels fine and could pitch. Luuuceee, you got some splanin to do!

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