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Dodgers News: Tony Gonsolin Has a Return Date Set

Dodgers All-Star pitcher Tony Gonsolin has been out for over a month with a right forearm strain that was only supposed to sideline him for two weeks. After a rehab start with Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday night, L.A. manager Dave Roberts had an exciting update on the guy who led the National League in ERA at the time of his injury.

Gonsolin’s start on Monday would come in the third-to-last game of the season, so there wouldn’t be time to get him a second start in the regular season. But with five days off between the end of the season and their first playoff game, the Dodgers will have plenty of time to have Gonsolin throw a simulated game to help get him up to four innings, especially since Gonsolin won’t be expected to pitch until the third or fourth game of the NLDS.

Gonsolin had worked his way into the NL Cy Young conversation before his injury, leading the NL with a 2.10 ERA and a remarkable 16-1 record. Gonsolin has thrown 128.1 innings this season, right around his career high from the minors. At the time of the injury, it seemed like it might be a blessing in disguise to get him a rest and keep him fresh for the postseason, but he crossed the line from fresh to rusty a couple weeks ago.

Gonsolin went two innings in his rehab start on Tuesday, allowing one hit and nothing else. His velocity was right around where it has been in the majors this year, which is a good sign. But the most important sign is Roberts saying today that he came out of the start feeling good.

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