Gonsolin's spot on the Opening Day roster could be helped by an abbreviated campaign, Pedro Moura of The Athletic reports. Gonsolin was considered on the 26-man bubble before spring training was suspended, though he had been all but eliminated from consideration for the starting rotation. That could change if a 2020 season takes place, as such a scenario would potentially include expanded rosters and fewer off days. Per Moura, the Dodgers have discussed using "as many as eight starting pitchers" depending on how the schedule plays out, making Gonsolin a contender for a spot in the rotation. The right-hander started six games for the big club last season, posting a 2.89 ERA and 24:10 K:BB over 28 innings.
Gonsolin was not among the starters named by Dave Roberts on Monday, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports. Gonsolin has started two games during spring training and pitched three scoreless innings with three strikeouts, but he won't begin the season in the starting rotation. However, the right-hander has shown versatility in the past and could be considered for a spot in the major-league bullpen to open the season. Gonsolin made his major-league debut in 2019, recording a 2.93 ERA and 1.02 WHIP over 11 appearances (six starts).
Gonsolin is being considered for a relief role to open the season, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports. Though Gonsolin started the Dodgers' first spring training game -- he tossed one scoreless inning in a victory -- he is competing with a host of hurlers for the final slot in the team's Opening Day rotation. While fellow rookie Dustin May is viewed as a starter and will likely begin the season in the minors (per Ken Gurnick of MLB.com), Gonsolin's role is more flexible and could include time out of the bullpen. It may take some time to see how things shake out as spring training progresses.
Gonsolin is slated to start the Dodgers' spring opener Saturday versus the Giants, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports. Gonsolin will likely only throw an inning or two Saturday, but manager Dave Roberts said that the right-hander will be built up for a normal starter's workload as the spring unfolds, per Alanna Rizzo of Spectrum SportsNet LA. Roberts' comments would seem to indicate that Gonsolin is in the mix for the Dodgers' Opening Day rotation, though the wealth of established starting options Los Angeles has on hand in addition to the fact that he still has two minor-league options remaining work against him winning a spot with the big club.
Gonsolin is not on the roster for the National League Division Series against the Nationals. After posting a 2.93 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP over 11 appearances (six starts), the 25-year-old will not be available out of the bullpen for the first series of the postseason. Dustin May will fill Gonsolin's bullpen spot for the NLDS.
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