To make room on the active roster for the debut of Tony Gonsolin, the Dodgers optioned catcher Will Smith to triple-A Oklahoma City.
Will Smith optioned.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) June 26, 2019
On the option of Smith, manager Dave Roberts admitted the decision was “a tough one,” but the move is to get him more playing time.
Moreover, to make room on the 40-man roster, it is expected that pitcher Tony Cingrani will be transferred to the 60-day IL. Cingrani has missed the entire season with shoulder issues, and eventually surgery.
While the option of Will Smith wasn’t the anticipated move, the debut of Tony Gonsolin is very much anticipated. In his debut, Gonsolin will be wearing uniform number 46.
Smith went 1-5 in his return engagement with the Dodgers. That lone hit was hit Sunday afternoon historic walk-off home run against Colorado.
As for Gonsolin, Fangraphs brings some notes on his arsenal.
Called Up: Tony Gonsolin https://t.co/yOccrIL0PV
— FanGraphs Baseball (@fangraphs) June 25, 2019
His newfound split-change was a pitch with which he began to grow more and more comfortable, and hitters reacted aptly by routinely swinging through it.
Gonsolin is the number 2 pitching prospect in the Dodgers organization, and is very emotional about his debut. In a good way.
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