Dodgers Injury Notes: Tony Gonsolin, Brusdar Graterol, AJ Pollock, More

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Although the injured list of the Los Angeles Dodgers has been as high as 14 players recently, the current recovery trend suggests the team could conceivably be down to single digits in the coming weeks.

Saturday saw the return of both Cody Bellinger and Zach McKinstry to the Los Angeles lineup, but there wasn’t much of a homecoming considering the team’s 11-6 loss to division rival San Francisco. Still, with the added upgrades, Bellinger and McKinstry’s presences should be tremendously beneficial to the club moving forward, both on offense and defense.

As it stands, there are a total of 12 players on either the 10-day or the 60-day injured lists. The 60-day houses six players, all of whom could be out for the entire season, aside from righty swingman Tony Gonsolin, who could be rejoining the team much sooner than later.

Gonsolin made his second rehab start for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Friday and gave up three runs on two hits and a walk while striking out four batters over 3-2/3 innings. Manager Dave Roberts said Saturday that Gonsolin could rejoin the team if the right-hander is able to pitch around five innings or 75 pitches in his next rehab appearance, finally bringing the team’s starting rotation back to full strength.

Regarding the 10-day injured list, there are six players. Four of those are relievers in righty Jimmy Nelson, southpaw Scott Alexander, right-hander Brusdar Graterol, and lefty Garrett Cleavinger.

Nelson was put on the shelf last week after experiencing soreness in his forearm, but he may end up spending the minimum amount of time on the injured list, as there are hopes he could come back as soon as next weekend.

“Jimmy played catch yesterday,” Roberts said on Friday. “I think he’s planning on getting off a mound on Sunday. And we’ll set up a potential live batting practice on Tuesday, and if that goes well, then hopefully we can activate him on Friday or Saturday.”

Graterol topped out at 98 MPH during his throwing session Friday while facing hitters for the first time since he suffered tightness in his forearm. He will likely see game action as part of his rehab assignment in the coming days.

Alexander and Cleavinger are in a similar boat. Initially, both players were expected to miss minimal time, but recent reports indicate that their respective stays on the injured list might be longer than anticipated. Roberts said this week that while Alexander has been throwing, he still not near the point of facing live hitters.

“Garrett is kind of on the same program [as Alexander],” Roberts said earlier in the week. “Once he gets the inflammation out and the soreness, he’ll go out on rehab. For both of those guys, I would expect them to at least be out on rehab for a week and then see where we’re at.”

The remaining two players on the 10-day injured list are a pair of position players in outfielder AJ Pollock and shortstop Corey Seager.

Pollock began his rehab stint on Saturday for Low-A Rancho Cucamonga, starting in left field and making two plate appearances. On Friday, Roberts said that Pollock is expected to rejoin the Dodgers for their road trip in Atlanta, which begins June 4.

While Seager is expected to miss a minimum of four weeks with a broken hand, he’s still staying active as far as baseball activities go. Seager has been doing work with his legs, his glove hand, and has even been swinging the bat one-handed.

“I think the overall plan is once he’s healthy enough to come back and play games, we just want him to hit the ground running,” Roberts said last week. “Corey is definitely on that plan. He’s just such a great worker.”

23 thoughts on “Dodgers Injury Notes: Tony Gonsolin, Brusdar Graterol, AJ Pollock, More

  1. Ozuna arrested for domestic abuse in Atlanta, Allegedly strangled and threw his wife into a wall. Totally unacceptable by anyone. This POS should get a massive suspension at the least. His contract can be rescinded and he should get jail time…

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    1. Can we wait for the facts to come out before we jump to a conclusion? I’m not saying he didn’t do this but last year she was arrested for assaulting him. Women can be violent too you know. All I saw was what police were reporting and I don’t believe anything those guys say.

      I guess Urías was due for a clunker. But why against these guys?

      Bellinger and McKinstry looked fresh off hitting .200 at AAA. Wonder how long it’s going to take? We did score 6, and that should be enough.

      Did anyone see what Tatis did in Houston yesterday? That thing left the yard like a golf ball off a tee. Damm that guy is good. Wish he was ours.

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      1. Andrew and I are working on a deal which should be done in the next couple of days:
        They send us Tatis
        We send them Tsutsugo and Neuse.
        All we need to settle now is the second player they send us. Needs to be 2 for 2.

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      2. Agree. If it wasn’t self defense lock him up.

        Good trade Jefe. There will be an award for you two if you pull it off. Orel said it best last night – “Tatis is must see t.v.” Wish we had someone like him. We don’t.

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      3. We have Tatis, if you can pick up the SD games.
        I really don’t understand why people have a problem with the Padres “attitude”. We all know damn well if they were wearing L.A. uniforms we’d love them. Give them credit for being a very good, very exciting team.

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  2. Dodgers actually have good numbers against Gausman the Gnats starter today… so lets hope they keep it up. Pujols is well over .300 against the guy.

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    1. Unless you’ve already seen Albert’s name in the starting lineup, don’t be too sure he’ll even start today:
      1) Day game after a night game
      2) Albert is old and needs rest
      3) Right handed batter against righty pitcher
      4) Pujols is very hot with the bat right now, exactly the time when Doc likes to sit a player.

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      1. Just saw the lineup. Pujols is not in it. Neither is JT. ZMac at third.
        Old guys need to rest.
        Ravelo now hitting over .400 at OKC and he’s under 30. Free Rangelo!!!!

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      2. Well, apparently Mookie can’t play very often, so half the time in right field.
        And Albert has to rest at least 2 or 3 times a week.
        And Pollock isn’t back yet and once he returns it’s just a matter of time until he gets hurt again.
        And JT needs a day a week off, and Ravelo has also played third at some point in the past.
        And, while I’m at it, I might as well state that the odds are at least 50-50 that after 3-4 weeks up here Ravelo’s stats would look very similar to the Neuse/Peters/Raley experiment……………………..but hey, you gotta give the guy a shot.

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      3. Sounds like you’ve got it figured out.

        I think that experiment you mentioned is hitting below the Mendoza line.

        Great start after getting clobbered yesterday.

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      4. Not sure if I see Beaty as the optimal three-hole hitter. I wonder if it’s a random placement or if Roberts has some kind of logic. Pretty important spot in the batting order, if you ask me.

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      5. I believe the logic goes something like “Muncy is the only guy hitting. He’s in the two hole. I’ll just put everyone else’s name on a piece of paper and draw names.”

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      6. Friedman obviously has no clue. We need to scour the waiver wire for washed up 40+ year olds who want to prove something to their former team.

        Funny how the day we get a couple of our important lineup pieces back the starting pitching goes to hell. They’ve done their part so far this year and I guess they’re entitled to a small letdown at some point.

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