Ahead of Sunday’s season series finale against the Braves in Atlanta, the Dodgers announced that they have recalled right-handed pitcher Tony Gonsolin and activated infielder Jedd Gyorko from the 60-day injured list.
The 25-year-old Gonsolin was recalled for the third time this season and will make his fourth career start in Sunday’s finale. In his three starts this season, he is 1-1 with a 3.21 ERA (5 ER/14.0 IP), including 10 innings of one-run ball over his last two starts. Gonsolinn was 2-4 record with a 4.35 ERA (20 ER/41.1 IP) and 50 strikeouts in 13 starts for Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Seemingly, we’ve been talking about Gonsolin all year and felt since the beginning that he could likely contribute as a reliever down the stretch-run of the regular season. During his career, the Vacaville, CA native has touched triple digits multiple times, but those cases occurred when he was throwing in relief. In a starting role, his four-seam usually settles into the 94-97 MPH range.
According to MLB Pipeline‘s scouting report, “Gonsolin’s upper-80s splitter devastates hitters with the way it dives at the plate, and his low-80s curveball has become a consistent plus offering with nice shape. He also uses a mid-80s slider to give hitters a different look.”
Gyorko, 30, was originally placed on the injured list on June 8 by the Cardinals with a lower back strain. He appeared in 38 games for the Cardinals, batting .198 (11-for-56) with two homers and seven RBI, before being traded to the Dodgers on July 31 for left-handed pitcher Tony Cingrani and right-handed pitcher Jeffry Abreu.
Gyorko has spent parts of seven major league seasons with the San Diego Padres and Cardinals, compiling a .246 (625-for-2540) batting average with 112 homers and 351 RBI. The infielder was originally drafted in the second round by the San Diego Padres of the 2010 MLB draft out of West Virginia University.
Theoretically, the right-handed hitting Gyorko will join the competition for the team’s super-utility role. He has appeared as an outfielder limited times in the bigs, but has made his living moving all around the infield. The native of Morgantown has appeared in 389 career games at second base, 269 games at third base, 60 contests at shortstop and 28 games at first base.
He will get the start at first base on Sunday.
Gyorko will wear uniform No. 26, the former number of another very fine second baseman, Zeppelin fan and current member of the Los Angeles front office crew.
The 25-year-old Sborz was recalled on Friday and did not appear in a game during his latest stint. He has thrown in two big league games for the Dodgers this season, allowing six runs on six hits in 3.0 innings of work. In 41 games for Triple-A Oklahoma City, he is 4-3 with a 4.27 ERA (22 ER/46.1 IP) and 63 strikeouts, including a 2-0 record with a 2.31 ERA (3 ER/11.2 IP) and 17 strikeouts over his last 10 games.
Ríos, 25, has appeared in 17 games for the Dodgers, hitting two homers and four RBI with a .286 (10-for-35) batting average. On Wednesday, he became the 17th Dodger this season to record a multi-homer game and the third rookie, joining Alex Verdugo and Will Smith. In 92 games with Oklahoma City, he slashed .266/.339/.551 with 25 homers and 75 RBI.
In five minor league seasons, Rios has hit .294 (479-for-1627) with 89 homers and 310 RBI. The Puerto Rican native was originally drafted in the sixth round of the 2015 First Year Player Draft out of Florida International.
Sunday’s lineup vs. lefty Fried:
- Pollock CF
- Turner 3B
- Smith C
- Bellinger RF
- Gyorko 1B
- Seager SS
- Garlick RF
- Negron 2B
- Gonsolin P
(Juan Dorado provided some information furnished in this report)