NL West Beware: LA Dodgers Rotation is Whole Again as Tony Gonsolin Returns


It's been a long time coming, but the Los Angeles Dodgers will have their full 5-man rotation intact, finally, as of tonight. Tony Gonsolin makes his 2021 debut after being activated from the 60-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation. 

In 2020, Gonsolin had the best FIP (fielding independent pitching) on the staff, at 2.29, the best FanGraphs WAR (1.8), and the second-best ERA, at 2.21.

He will be a welcome addition to the Dodgers' staff. The top 4 starters of Clayton Kershaw, Walker Beuhler, Trevor Bauer and Julio Urias have taken on a bit more of the burden over the past several weeks after Dustin May went down for the season. 

Currently sitting in 3rd place in the NL West, Gonsolin referred to manager "Doc" Roberts, saying he's ready to give him some innings. Gonsolin's return should indeed be just what the doctor ordered. 

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