Dodgers Officially Activate Tony Gonsolin, Rookie Right Hander Optioned
The Cat-Man is back! Today the Dodgers officially welcomed back Tony Gonsolin who will be making his 2023 debut at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. The right-hander had been recovering from a sprained ankle suffered during the second week of spring training. In order to make room on the 26-man roster for Gonsolin, RHP Andre Jackson was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Gonsolin is coming back a little earlier than planned thanks to a groin injury to third string number five starter Michael Grove. But he and the Dodgers feel that he’s in a good enough spot coming off of one rehab outing, which came last week.
The limit on Tony today is 4 innings and about 60 pitches, according to manager Dave Roberts. He’ll face a Pirates lineup that touched up Noah Syndergaard for 9 hits and 7 runs in 4 innings.
Coming off an All-Star campaign in 2022 and earning a nice little contract extension in the offseason (that has escalators based on starts and innings), expectations are high for Gonsolin in 2023. He said in the offseason that his goal was to stay healthy and on the mound for the entirety of the season. While it didn’t turn out that way to start, going the rest of the year uninterrupted would be a huge win for the 28-year-old.
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Jackson is being optioned for the second time this season. In 5 games, he has a 7.94 ERA, mostly powered by a game where he gave up 4 solo home runs and 5 runs in total. The rookie last pitched on Friday in Chicago, allowing 2 more runs over 3 innings in an LA loss.