Dodgers Injury Update: Tony Gonsolin ‘Optimistic’ Right Forearm Strain Isn’t Serious

Prior to Monday’s series finale against the Miami Marlins, the Los Angeles Dodgers placed Tony Gonsolin on the 15-day injured list, retroactive to Aug. 26, due to a right forearm strain.

Gonsolin was scheduled to start in the contest, but Michael Grove instead took the mound after being recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Gonsolin previously said he wasn’t feeling any fatigue despite having already set a career high with 128.1 innings pitched. However, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts indicated the team was going to monitor his workload down the stretch, which this IL stint now presents a chance to do.

Meanwhile, Gonsolin isn’t concerned that his injury will keep him sidelined for an extended period of time and hasn’t needed an MRI after manual tests on the flexor tendon yielded encouraging results, via SportsNet LA:

“It just felt kind of tight coming out of the last outing. I had dealt with a little bit of forearm tightness earlier this year. Thought it was going to go away in a couple days, but it just kind of lingered this time. So we’re going to push it back, miss a couple starts, which is OK. It feels more of forearm tightness. … Definitely feeling optimistic with it. I think whenever the IL stint is done, I’m going to be coming off, feeling 100% and ready to go. … I don’t think an MRI is needed. We did all the tests [Sunday] with the doc, and every ligament test came back negative. Everything is feeling really good, other than the little bit of tightness when I throw.”

After being limited to a combined 24 appearances over the past two seasons due to various injuries, Gonsolin has been able to stay healthy for the most part this year.

The right-hander has put up career numbers but also believes his teammates are responsible for his success. “I just try to go out there and give our team a chance to win,” Gonsolin recently said.

“On my side of the ball, try not to give up too many runs. These guys have done a really good job of hitting and playing great defense, so it’s been pretty fortunate with all that.”

Gonsolin not focused on National League Cy Young Award race

Gonsolin is tied for the National League lead in wins (16), and is at the top of the leaderboard in ERA (2.10), WHIP (0.86) and batting average against (.169), but he isn’t focused on potentially winning the Cy Young Award. “I mean, I know it’s happening,” Gonsolin said last week.

“Try not to get ahead of myself and take it one outing at a time. Goal is to throw my bullpen in between now and the next outing and get a little bit better and we’ll see what happens.”

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