Following Sunday’s win over the D-Backs, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told the media that Tony Gonsolin dealt with shoulder soreness after his last start. Being cautious, he removed Gonsolin after only 46 pitches.
“I didn’t want to push him too much,” Roberts said. “So getting him into that fourth inning was a really nice job by him.”
Prior to the game, Roberts said that he was expecting Gonsolin to throw between 45-60 pitches. He wanted to be careful with him, as he said Gonsolin had soreness in his shoulder following his previous outing.
Gonsolin said following the game that he felt okay, but it took him a little more time to warm up and get ready ahead of the game. This news certainly isn’t what you’d like to hear, as Gonsolin missed the first two months of the season due to right shoulder inflammation. When he was asked following the game about it, he said it was similar to what he dealt with months ago.
“It’s similar,” he said. “It’s probably more muscle fatigue this time than the last time. Throwing less will help. [It’s] not a high-level concern at all.”
Gonsolin’s velocity was down across the board. His 4-seamer was down 2.8 mph, his splitter was down 2.4 mph and his slider was down 2.0 mph.
“I felt like it wasn’t coming out as great today,” Gonsolin said. “I thought the movements looked similar.”
They did. Here’s how his spin rates and breaks looked, if you’re into that kind of thing.
Both Gonsolin and Roberts said that he’ll be good to go for his next start.