It looks like Tony Gonsolin is going to be the new Brock Stewart for the Dodgers in 2020. Just one day after a scoreless outing against the Mariners, he has once again been optioned back to the alternate location at USC.
Gonsolin is coming off of a start where he threw 6 shutout innings and allowed just 2 hits to the Mariners. The Dodgers’ bullpen did give up the lead though, and he ended up with the no-decision in that game. Gonsolin has now thrown 14.2 consecutive scoreless innings this year in his 3 total starts.
#Dodgers recall LHP Victor Gonzalez, option RHP Tony Gonsolin
— Brook Smith (@brookme3) August 19, 2020
At first, it may seem like a strange move for the Dodgers to send down their hottest pitcher. But looking at the next two weeks gives it more context. Gonsolin was acting as the 6th starter in an already packed rotation, and Alex Wood is probably close to a return.
It seems likely at this point that Gonsolin would be recalled to start a game in the near future for the Dodgers. Per MLB guidelines, he would not be able to be recalled until 15 days from his option date.
In a corresponding move, the Dodgers also recalled left-handed pitcher Victor Gonzalez. Gonzalez would presumably slot in as a long-relief guy out of the bullpen to give them some innings. Joe Kelly is slated to come off of the injured list and start serving his suspension over the next few days, so relief help is key. He has made just one appearance thus far in 2020.