Disappointing Updates On Dodgers Injured Starters

On a night when Los Angeles Dodgers ace Julio Urias delivered another dominant performance, the team got disappointing updates on two other key rotation arms. 

Both All-Star Tony Gonsolin and rookie Ryan Pepiot are still "multiple weeks away" as they recover from injuries suffered during spring training. 

Manager Dave Roberts said both are likely out into the month of May. 

Gonsolin, who had an incredible 2022 season, going 16-1 with a 2.14 ERA and 0.87 WHIP, injured his ankle during a workout a month ago. His recovery has gone a little slower than expected, but he's at least throwing to hitters now, and has one more session like that planned before going on a rehab assignment. But after missing most of spring training with the issue, it'll take some time to ramp up. 

As for Pepiot, the No. 5 prospect in the Dodgers' system, his oblique strain suffered just after he had earned the 5th starter's role to fill in for Gonsolin was a huge blow for the 25-year-old. He had a mostly impressive nine-game trial last season at various points, compiling a 3.47 ERA and striking out 10.4 per nine innings. 

His strong spring — 3.29 ERA with 19 Ks in 13.2 innings — showed he was ready for the Dodgers' rotation, until the dreaded oblique injury suffered a day before the season opener. He has yet to begin throwing and his return could be farther away than Gonsolin. 

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