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Dodgers’ postseason rotation plans coming into focus, with Tony Gonsolin a possibility

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Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Tony Gonsolin (26) throws.
Dodgers pitcher Tony Gonsolin pitches during a game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium. (Ashley Landis/Associated Press)

It’s probably still more of a hope than a guarantee at this point, but DodgersPlayoff rotation plans seem to have finally been revealed.

Before them Lost 4-3 vs. San Diego Padres On Tuesday, manager Dave Roberts said the team would like to have a four-man rotation when its postseason begins in the National League Division Series on Oct. 11.

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Julius Uria as well as Clayton Kershaw similar to the castles for games 1 and 2. Tyler Anderson will start the game, and Roberts repeated on Tuesday before the southpaw pitched six strong innings at Petco Park.

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Fourth place is somewhat up in the air. However, if all goes well in the next couple of weeks, Roberts said it’s possible that Tony Gonsolin will recover from forearm tension and be ready to start.

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“That’s hope,” Roberts said.

Looks like it got brighter on Tuesday night.

While the Dodgers started their streak in San Diego – losing the game in the 10th inning after Craig Kimbrel passed base-laden Jorge Alfaro – Gonsolin had two scoreless innings in a rehab start from a triple-A in Oklahoma City . He gave up just one hit in a 27-field game, averaged 92.6 mph with his fastball, and used all four fields in his arsenal. After that, he also did additional work in the bullpen.

If he recovers well in the next couple of days, Gonsolin’s next outing could be back with the Dodgers, who are hoping to get him back in the rotation against the Colorado Rockies next week, in what would be his first major league appearance since suffering a sprained forearm a month ago.

If Gonsolin stays on the track, he could be back four innings by the time the NLDS starts.

Of course, it all depends on the health luck of the Dodgers over the next few weeks, which they didn’t experience in the second half of the season.

Walker Buhler died due to Tommy John surgery. Blake Trainen is battling a lingering shoulder problem that leaves his postseason availability in doubt (the right-hander resumed play Tuesday but admitted he doesn’t know if he’ll be NLDS ready).

And Dustin May remains insecure due to tension in his lower back, though Roberts said he’s closer to a comeback than Trainan.

Dodgers pitcher Dustin May throws at the plate.
Dodgers pitcher Dustin May throws during the first half against the Arizona Diamondbacks on September 21 at Dodger Stadium. (Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press)

They’ve had a few bullpen fighters in recent times – Brousdar Graterol, Tommy Kanle, David Price (who was activated on Tuesday) and Yancy Almonte (who returned to the team on Tuesday and will be activated on Wednesday). Andrew Heaney could also be added to the mix as Roberts indicated Heaney could follow the rookie in his scheduled outing on Thursday as a potential tryout for playoff duty relief.

But it’s becoming increasingly clear that the Dodgers’ biggest stick in October will be their starting rotation, which at best can provide enough length that a simple bullpen plan sets up.

“Once we get to the end of the season and see where we are, then I think these exercises will be a lot more productive,” Roberts said when asked if the team is already developing contingency plans based on who can be accessed on the mound.

He added: “The way things have gone this year is kind of a pointless exercise. [right now]”.

As they wait for the injury to resolve itself, the Dodgers know they will rely on Anderson far more than they ever imagined when they signed the left-handed apprentice to a one-year, $8 million contract in spring training. . .

On Tuesday, he looked at the task.

After giving up two runs during the first inning in which his infield failed to turn a potential double play late inning, the canny veteran found a groove against a potential playoff opponent.

Between the second and sixth innings, he gave up the last 15 batters he faced. He probably could have gone deeper into the game, but he was substituted early in the seventh after 71 innings.

He also remained fifth among qualified National League pitchers in average earnings, finishing the night at 2.54 compared to a team 173 2/3 innings.

“If you look at what he does on a regular basis and the amount of work he’s done this season,”

pitching assistant coach Connor McGuinness said: “It would be hard to tell him you’re not starting [playoff] the game.”

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.


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