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Dodgers' Gonsolin to undergo Tommy John surgery

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Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Tony Gonsolin will undergo Tommy John surgery Friday to repair the damaged ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, the team announced.

It's likely that Gonsolin will miss the entire 2024 season as a result of the surgery, according to J.P. Hoornstra of Southern California News Group.

Gonsolin was placed on the injured list Aug. 19 with what the Dodgers termed forearm inflammation. The team was already not expecting him to pitch again in 2023, and made that official Sunday when he was transferred to the 60-day IL.

The 29-year-old enjoyed a solid start to his season, posting a 3.86 ERA and 1.12 WHIP over 13 first-half starts. But he fell off considerably after the All-Star break, turning in several rough starts leading up to his injury. In his final outing of the season, Gonsolin surrendered 10 earned runs on eight hits and failed to get out of the fourth inning.

This is the latest long-term blow to a Dodgers staff that's been decimated by injuries all year. L.A. was already poised to be without Dustin May, who underwent flexor tendon surgery last month, in 2024. Former All-Star Walker Buehler is currently working his way back from last year's Tommy John surgery, while rookie Michael Grove (lat strain) is also sidelined. Clayton Kershaw and Julio Urias have also spent time on the IL this year.

An All-Star in 2022, Gonsolin owns a lifetime 34-11 record with a 3.19 ERA, 4.00 FIP, and 1.05 WHIP over five seasons with the Dodgers.

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