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Dodgers News: Tony Gonsolin Downplays Severity of Forearm Injury

When word came down that Tony Gonsolin was going on the injured list with a forearm strain on Monday morning, most fans jumped to one of two conclusions: either the world was ending, or this was a phantom IL stint designed to manage Gonsolin’s workload.

The actual fact appears to be somewhere in between, a legitimate but minor arm concern that gave them an opportunity to do some load management they were considering doing anyway, as Bill Plunkett reports in the Orange County Register.

“It’s overall just kind of playing it safe and really let it heal,” said Gonsolin, who is 16-1 with a National League-low 2.10 ERA in 23 starts. “It does kind of suck, the timing coming into September. But I do think it’s also a blessing a little bit. Give me a little break and then go into the playoffs.”

Gonsolin felt some tightness “coming out of my last outing,” but he had dealt with a similar issue and expected it to go away on its own. He went through his normal between-starts routine, but when the tightness didn’t clear up on its own, he reached out to pitching coach Mark Prior.

“Felt a little tight coming out of that (bullpen session),” Gonsolin said. “I did a little more modality stuff to try and calm it down. Then told Prior yesterday right when I got here. I was, ‘Hey, this is what I’m thinking. I really want to play catch and see if I’m good to go for tomorrow.’

“We came to the conclusion that it would probably be best to skip this one and since we’re doing that, might as well give it a break for whatever the IL days is … so 15 days. Just give it that two-week break.”

According to Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times, manager Dave Roberts had been considering managing Gonsolin’s innings this month anyway.

Injuries, especially to pitchers, can be unpredictable, but to the extent that we can guess about a pitcher’s arm issue, Gonsolin’s lack of concern makes this seem like the best-case scenario for “league leader in ERA who has only lost one game all year goes on the injured list five weeks before the playoffs start.”

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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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  1. It’s perfect timing to “rest” Gonsolin. It gives him a couple starts at the end of September to recalibrate for the postseason. The tough part is sitting down a pitcher who is competing for a Cy Young. Hopefully, that’s all this is.

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