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When Will Tony Gonsolin Return to the Dodgers Following Tommy John Surgery?

On Monday, the Los Angeles Dodgers announced that RHP Tony Gonsolin will have Tommy John surgery on Friday, likely ending his 2024 season before it even begins.

This past offseason the Dodgers signed Gonsolin to a two-year deal, and after the 2024 season, he is eligible for arbitration. That contract is starting to look like a real mistake.

At no point after last August when he went on the IL with forearm inflammation has Gonsolin looked like himself. Yes, in some starts during this season he was effective. However, for the most part, he’s struggled.

The Dodgers wanted to reward Gonsolin after he earned his first National League All-Star selection. Also, the deal gave Gonsolin security to agree to go under the knife when he needed to.

This season has been a trial for Gonsolin even before he learned he needed Tommy John surgery. Early in spring training, he suffered a sprained ankle, and it didn’t heal as quickly as he and the Dodgers hoped. Thus, he didn’t begin the season on time.

Since the Dodgers suffered injuries to the starting rotation, they rushed Gonsolin through his abbreviated rehab assignment. If the Dodgers didn’t have injuries to their starting rotation forcing them to rush minor leaguers to the major leagues before they were ready, Gonsolin might have gone on the IL earlier.

Gonsolin made 20 starts and hurled 103 innings. He had 8 wins and 5 losses with a 4.98 ERA. Dodger fans should applaud Gonsolin for pitching hurt and trying to protect the rest of the pitching staff. Hopefully, he will return better and stronger after the surgery.

We wish him the best in his recovery from Tommy John.

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  1. I don’t think the contract was a mistake; 20 games while hurting, it seems we owe him his pay next year during recovery. It’s not if a pitcher gets hurt…it’s when. Understandingly frustrating for the player, team and fans.

    1. Smart fan indeed. I’d like to add: throw him in the pen as long relief and ER starter. Maybe can even set up after a while. Starting is out of the question!

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