LA Dodgers right-hander Tony Gonsolin (29) eventually undergoes Tommy John surgery. He is more likely to miss the entire season until next year. Because of the incentive, holding back the pain and throwing it caused more anger.
The U.S. “LA Times” reported on the 30th that Gonzalez will undergo Tommy John surgery due to a ruptured UCL on the inner ligament of her elbow on the 2nd of next month, which will lead to her missing the entire 2024 season.
Gonzaleen was on the injured list due to inflammation in his right forearm the day after he pitched the worst in his career with 8 hits (5 home runs), 4 walks, 2 strikeouts, and 10 runs in 3⅓ innings against the Miami Marlins on the 19th. Since then, the Dodgers have conducted an MRI examination and reaffirmed the damage to the elbow ligament.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, “We knew Gonzalez had elbow problems, but we thought he could throw enough. I talked to the doctors, and I felt it was time. “It was inevitable one day,” he said, announcing the surgery.
Gonsolin had a career-high season with 16 wins, 1 loss and a 2.14 ERA in 24 games (130⅓ innings) last year. However, he missed the last five weeks of the season due to a sprained arm in mid-August. This year, his performance fell to 8 wins, 5 losses, and a 4.98 ERA in 20 games (103 innings), and arm pain was the cause of the decline. The average speed of four-seam fastball also dropped from 93.1 miles last year to 92.4 miles this year, with Gonsolin saying he had more difficulty commanding due to pain. The number of walks per nine innings increased from 2.4 last year to 3.5 this year.
Then why did Gonzalez throw it while enduring the pain. Roberts said, “The medical team was confident that there would be no more damage if Gonzalez continued to pitch. Most pitchers throw with some damage and rupture. “Even now, my ligament is not torn more, and I can continue to pitch, but I was not productive,” he explained.
It is said to be an injury that can be endured and thrown, but there was a bigger reason. The LA Times said, “There was a considerable financial incentive for Gonzalez, who signed a two-year, $6.65 million contract last winter without adjusting his annual salary, to continue pitching amid inconvenience,” pointing out that it will be raised in 2024 depending on meeting the option in 2023.
Gonsolin has one point per starter and one point per relief appearance with more than 3⅓ innings this year, with incentives of 14 points, 16 points, 18 points, 20 points, 24 points, and $500,000 per 28 points. It is possible to raise up to $3 million, but Gonsolin, who scored 20 points in 20 starts this year, secured an additional $2 million increase, raising his annual salary from $3.4 million to $5.4 million next year.
Manager Roberts said, “I think it’s the motivation that Gonsolin kept trying to throw. I can sympathize and understand from the player’s point of view,” he admitted, “We had a sincere conversation with Gonzalez, informing us that there is a possibility of surgery in the future.” Gonsolin kept wanting to throw, and so did our pitching staff. Gonsolin’s heart was grateful, and he continued to pitch like that. At some point, he said that this was enough, and we all agreed. ” 토토사이트
The Dodgers and Gonsolin themselves knew that it was an operation to be performed someday. The Dodgers, whose starting resources such as Dustin May, Julio Urias, Noah Syndergaard, Ryan Pepiot, and Michael Grove were injured by a series of injuries until the early and mid-season, also needed more gonsolin due to team circumstances, and he also endured pain and went to the operating table after filling 20 games of incentives. Thanks to this, next year’s salary increased significantly, but the bad news of losing the entire season was inevitable.