Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2021
The Los Angeles Dodgers believed they had two brilliant young starters in Dustin May and Tony Gonsolin, but during the 2021 season, both were limited by injuries. Knowing May will not be Opening Day, the Dodgers signed Andrew Heaney to be one of their starters. They do not know whether they should count on Gonsolin or not.
After having a super spring training to earn the fifth spot in the starting rotation, May pitched well into early May. In five starts, he had one win and one loss with a 2.74 ERA. His control was better than in 2020, and his breaking pitches improved greatly.
During a start against the Milwaukee Brewers in early May, May tore his UCL, and most Dodger fans were sick to their stomachs when it happened. May immediately had Tommy John surgery, and about two weeks ago, he began a throwing program. Hopefully, he can return to the Dodger starting rotation after the 2022 All-Star break.
After a breakthrough performance in the abbreviated 2020 season, Gonsolin battled shoulder inflammation all through 2021. He could not duplicate his delivery and locate the strike zone. In 15 games, he had 4 wins and a loss with a 3.23 ERA, 65 strikeouts, and 34 walks. The Dodgers hope Gonsolin can regain his health and dominance for the upcoming season.