Seranthony Dominguez avoids surgery, should have normal offseason

Seranthony Dominguez has missed a majority of the 2019 season. (Ian D’Andrea)

Philadelphia Phillies fans can breathe a sigh of relief.

Earlier this week, Phillies General Manager Matt Klentak gave an update on 24-year-old reliever Seranthony Dominguez:

Dominguez suffered a UCL injury in early June that led to initial fears that he may have to get Tommy John surgery. He was moved to the 60-man injured list in late July to make room on the 40-man roster for reliever Mike Morin, and at that point there was a chance for Dominguez to return during the 2019 season.

He never returned despite resuming a throwing program in early September, but this result is a good one for the Phillies. Tommy John surgery would likely have meant missing the entire 2020 season for Dominguez. Having him back will be key in a bullpen that will again miss David Robertson for at least a majority of the season after he had Tommy John surgery late in the 2019 season.

Dominguez was a revelation in his rookie season in 2018, in which he pitched to a 3.35 ERA with a very good 11.5 K/9. He struggled prior to his injury in 2019, and a return to form would strengthen the back of the Phillies bullpen that currently features Adam Morgan, Jose Alvarez and Hector Neris.


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