The Los Angeles Dodgers have a problem right now. At this present moment, they don’t have a No. 5 starter after Dustin May’s year ended thanks to Tommy John surgery.
Unfortunately for the defending World Series champs, that devastating loss coincided with both Tony Gonsolin and David Price also being on the injured list.
Yup, the two other guys who were in line for a rotation spot throughout the spring.
Los Angeles has been able to get by in the meantime (not from a winning standpoint, but from a “managing the rotation” one), but that won’t last long. Even though this team has elite starters, going with a four-man rotation is hardly the answer. That’s for the postseason.
Well, let’s clarify ourselves — going with a four-man rotation would be plausible if the Dodgers’ offense was capable of doing anything on a consistent basis. That would make spot starts and bullpen games a lot more manageable.
That’s why the current plan surrounding Tony Gonsolin just seems like it’s not going to help much at all.
The Dodgers’ plan for Tony Gonsolin is not helpful.
Last we heard, which came on May 2, Gonsolin was being built up to return as a starter. Now, nine days later, it’ll still be “some time” before he returns as he continues working toward that goal.
So what’s the plan for the Dodgers in the short term? Obviously it’s important to give Gonsolin all the time he needs, but is the answer coming in the form of Price, who’s likely to be activated sooner than Gonsolin?
The only problem with that is the left-hander missed all of 2020 after opting out and had an abbreviated 2019 due to injury. He’s also not exactly built up to start games.
Uhhh, nevermind? He’s still returning to the bullpen when he’s ready?
This bullpen is already taxed with the amount of extra-inning games this team has played as of late in addition to the fact May left his start nearly two weeks ago after just 1.1 innings and Clayton Kershaw couldn’t get out of the first last week.
We’d love to know the plan! The Dodgers are quite literally running out of guys — at least capable ones — to bring back and forth from Triple-A. It simply might just be time to give Josiah Gray a chance and see if he can hold down the fort until the Dodgers get healthy.