‘Excitement, nervousness, anxious’ – Dodgers’ Tony Gonsolin readies for MLB debut

first_img“Sure. Why not?” he said of Roberts’ estimate. “Mentally, I don’t like to pin it down on anything because then it’s ‘40, okay.’ I know you need some reps. I just strap it in and I feel like I’m ready to go. To me, I think it’s way less than probably most think.“How do you say ‘I’m ready?’ It’s a feeling. It’s an opinion. … I don’t panic and start thinking, ‘I didn’t have X amount of at-bats.’ But I always respect them feeling comfortable that I’ve had enough at-bats.”ALSOWhen the Dodgers head to Colorado following Wednesday’s game, left-hander Scott Alexander will remain in Arizona and start throwing to hitters at Camelback Ranch later this week in preparation for a minor-league rehab assignment. Alexander has been out since June 5 with a forearm injury. …Roberts said David Freese’s injured hamstring is “not responding like we’d hoped” but he is still optimistic Freese could return before the All-Star break.UP NEXTDodgers (RHP Tony Gonsolin, MLB debut) at Diamondbacks (LHP Taylor Clarke, 1-3, 6.48 ERA), Wednesday, 12:40 p.m. SportsNet LA (where available), 570 AM “My heart started racing. I started sweating immediately,” he said. “Excitement, nervousness, anxious – all the emotions just kind of flooded me at once. It was nice to have yesterday as a full day to kind of soak it in and be ready to go tomorrow.”The Dodgers’ ninth-round pick out of St. Mary’s College in 2016 (where he played the outfield and pitched), Gonsolin was the Dodgers’ Minor-League Pitcher of the Year last season and got his first look at big-league hitters this spring. He came away confident he could get them out.“Definitely,” he said. “With my stuff, I feel I can compete with anybody. So I think I’ve just got to go out there and trust that my stuff is going to work. See what happens. Control what I can control.”Both Gonsolin and the Dodgers’ other top pitching prospect, Dustin May, are dark-horse candidates to pitch out of the Dodgers’ bullpen this season, particularly if that bullpen continues to perform unevenly. Gonsolin is likely to head back to Triple-A after his start Wednesday but he has no problem looking at the opportunity as an audition for a future role.“Yeah, absolutely. I think every chance I get is a chance to prove myself, show myself and everybody here what I can do,” he said. “But that’s out of my control. I’ve still got to go out and pitch tomorrow and take it one at-bat at a time, one pitch at a time and see what happens.” POLLOCK PROGRESSInjured outfielder A.J. Pollock took batting practice on the field with the team Tuesday, the first time since he injured his right elbow in late April. Pollock said he is “doing pretty much everything” in workouts and his recovery from surgery to remove the hardware inserted in the joint after a fracture in 2016 has “been really smooth.”Pollock will take his rehab to Camelback Ranch this week and “after that I should be playing some rehab games soon” with a minor-league team.“It’s coming pretty soon. We’ve talked about it,” he said of the rehab assignment.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has estimated Pollock will need 40 to 50 at-bats on a rehab assignment after such an extended absence. Pollock wouldn’t sign on to a specific number but admitting he is “pushing for” the Dodgers’ road trip to Boston and Philadelphia after the All-Star break for his return.Related Articles Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies PHOENIX — When Oklahoma City manager Travis Barbary called him into his office following the Triple-A team’s game Sunday, Tony Gonsolin knew there were probably only three possibilities. And two of them were bad.“He called me into his office and then left the office,” Gonsolin said Tuesday in the visitor’s clubhouse at Chase Field. “He had to double-check whether it was Wednesday and not today.“As soon as he said, ‘Come to my office,’ I knew it was one of two things – either I’m going up or I’m going down. Or I’m getting traded – so I guess it was three things. I was hoping for the best and when he said, ‘Congratulations’ I knew it was the good one.”Barbary gave Gonsolin the news that he would be making his major-league debut on Wednesday. Gonsolin will start for the Dodgers against the Arizona Diamondbacks, giving the Dodgers a six-man rotation for a second week to keep the primary starters fresh. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start last_img

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