Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher, Tony Gonsolin, will be undergoing Tommy John surgery on Friday, performed by renowned surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache. This comes as no surprise, as Gonsolin had already been ruled out for the rest of the 2023 season due to forearm inflammation.
The Tommy John procedure is notorious for its long recovery time, typically taking at least 14 months. This means that Gonsolin may not be able to make a significant contribution until 2025. Unfortunately, arm injuries have been a recurring issue for Gonsolin throughout his career. In 2021, he dealt with shoulder inflammation, and in 2022, he suffered a forearm strain that landed him on the injured list.
The Dodgers’ pitching rotation has taken a hit with Gonsolin’s injury, as he becomes the second expected top starter to require forearm surgery this season. Earlier in the year, Dustin May underwent a flexor tendon procedure. With Clayton Kershaw’s impending free agency and Julio Urías becoming a top starter in next winter’s free agent class, the Dodgers will likely need to address their rotation in the upcoming offseason.
Although there may be some bright spots for the Dodgers in the pitching department, such as the potential return of Walker Buehler in short stints next month and the promising performance of rookie Bobby Miller, they will still need to strengthen their starting staff for more certainty.
Gonsolin, who signed a two-year deal in January, will receive a guaranteed base salary of $3.4MM for next year. However, due to his absence, he will not be able to trigger any start-based incentives in his contract.
As the Dodgers face these challenges, they will need to strategize and make moves to ensure a formidable pitching rotation for the seasons to come. Stay tuned for updates on their offseason plans and the progress of Tony Gonsolin’s recovery.
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