After originally slating Julio Urias to start Game 3 in the current series against the Padres, news came out of the Los Angeles camp late Tuesday evening that the Dodgers will instead turn to Tony Gonsolin in an attempt to give the remainder of the rotation an extra day of rest.
Gonsolin has made one other spot start this season, garnering a no-decision against the Diamondbacks back on July 31. In that contest, he threw an even four innings, allowing no runs on just one hit and a walk while striking out one batter.
After making his MLB debut on June 26 of last season, the 26-year-old righty posted a 4-2 record over 11 appearances during the campaign, six of which were starts. He tallied a total of 40 innings pitched last year, registering a 2.93 ERA alongside 37 punchouts and 15 walks.
“We want to make sure that we really take care of the starters, and the pitchers in general,” Roberts said after Tuesday’s game. “I think that right now, to give them the extra day over a few turns makes sense for everybody. And, we can kind of push them a little bit more as we get into September.”
The remainder of the rotation will hold its order after getting pushed back one day. Urias is now scheduled to start the series finale on Thursday, setting up Clayton Kershaw to start the opener against the Angels in Anaheim on Friday.
To make room on the active roster, the team will either need to option someone back to camp or send a player to the injured list. Obviously, Corey Seager is a candidate for the latter, having not made an appearance since August 7.
Roberts said on Tuesday that the injured list is indeed a possibility for Seager, even though he’s been swinging the bat, running, and playing catch. The skipper called it a “slow progression.”
As far as potential players being optioned go, Adam Kolarek might be the obvious choice. The lefty reliever was recalled on Monday after Joe Kelly was placed on the injured list with inflammation in his right shoulder. Kolarek threw two full innings in Tuesday’s loss to the Padres, his longest outing since he pitched three full innings in a game for the Rays in June of last year.
So far in the series, the Dodgers’ offense has gone just 3-for-17 with runners in scoring position.
First pitch is slated for 6:40 p.m. Los Angeles time.