The Dodgers pitching staff has been uncharacteristically strange this season. They have seen some highs but also some weird moments, as well.
LA has gone through different injuries and inconsistencies from their starters, seeing it affect their place in the standings earlier in the season. The team has relied upon rookies and different players that they likely never intended on using this season.
One of the team’s more veteran starters, Tony Gonsolin, recently was shut down for the season as he prepares for Tommy John Surgery. He will now miss more of next season as well, recovering from the injury.
It wasn’t the most glamourous season for Gonsolin. He went through major ups and downs all year, but it was also revealed that he suffered the UCL tear in June and continued to play through it.
Gonsolin spoke on the matter and why he decided to push through this season.
“I kind of just pitched out of necessity,” Gonsolin said. “We had Kersh down for a time. Julio was down for a time. Sheehan got called up from Double-A. I felt like I was just pitching out of necessity. I thought I could do it. I thought I had the capability to do it. It got to the point where the stuff just really wasn’t performing. Went through a lot of tough results, tough outings to get to that realization.”Per The OC Register
Even though he didn’t perform up to standards, you have to give him credit for going out there each game. He had the team-first mentality and that is what you want from your players, despite the struggles he saw.
Gonsolin finished his 2023 campaign with a record of 8-5 and holding an ERA of 4.98 in 20 starts. The final start for him this year came against the Miami Marlins where he gave up 10 runs in 3.1 innings. It was the writing on the wall needed to finally deal with the injury.
The hope is that he will be able to make a full recovery from the surgery and get back to the team as soon as safe to do so.
His future with the Dodgers remains in question. LA will be in a wait-and-see mode when it comes to Gonsolin, but with their possibly limited options going forward, they could end up seeing him return.
We wish him luck in the recovery process, and hope to see him back on the mound soon!
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