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Seranthony Dominguez expected to undergo Tommy John surgery

When Seranthony Dominguez arrived onto the major league scene in 2018, he demonstrated some exciting stuff, making him one of their most trusted relievers at the time. There were hopes, based on his early performance, the Phillies finally found their next closer. 

Seranthony Dominguez is set to miss all of 2020 and the majority of 2021. (Photo by Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire)

However, that first impression has taken an unfortunate sharp left turn. 

According to The Athletic’s Matt Gelb, Seranthony Dominguez is expected to undergo Tommy John surgery. He will miss all of the 2020 season and at the very least, the majority of 2021.

The pandemic itself has raised some questions regarding the date, time and location of the surgery. As more states begin to open up, more surgeries are happening. Some states have elective surgeries still postponed. 

Per Gelb, it is possible the surgery takes place sometime late June in Florida. If this is the case, it will give Dominguez two weeks of self-quarantine, as he traveled from the Dominican Republic, before he can come in contact with any team personnel or medical doctors. 

The uncertainty of when the surgery will take place raises another question. How long will it take for Dominguez to recover and begin rehab? Typically for someone who is having Tommy John surgery, the rehab timeline is around 12 to 18 months. 

Due to the extensiveness of the surgery itself and uncertainty, it is going to take a miracle for Dominguez to play during the 2021 season. The best-case scenario is, Dominguez has the surgery by late June and tries an accelerated rehab process that puts him back in the bullpen by the end of the 2021 season. The worst-case scenario is, the Phillies take it cautiously and Dominguez doesn’t return until the 2022 season. 

What was once a promising start to his major league career, Dominguez will have spent parts of the last three seasons on the injured list. He will have to fight his way back back into the Phillies bullpen and future plans, that being the surgery and recovery time go smoothly.


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