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2019 Phillies in Review: Seranthony Dominguez

Another relief pitcher, another season-ending injury.

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The Numbers

3-0, 24.2 IP, 4.01 ERA, 29 K, 12 BB, 0.2 fWAR

The Good

He avoided needing Tommy John surgery. That’s pretty much the only good thing.

When he was healthy, he was largely successful. There were a few games where he wasn’t as sharp (looking at you, April 6), but for the most part he was crisp, clean and effective.

The Bad

Seranthony went on the 10-day IL in early June with a UCL injury. In late July he was transferred to the 60-day IL and ended up missing the rest of the season.

Per Todd Zolecki, he was still having soreness while throwing in late August. Up until that point, the Phillies were hopeful that he could return for the end of the season.

In mid-September there were reports that he was going to start throwing from 90 feet, but there has not been an update on his status since then.

The Future

Dominguez is under team control through the 2021 season. But his future, not just with the Phillies but as a major league pitcher in general, will depend on how he heals from his injury. While it’s good news that he didn’t need Tommy John surgery, the fact that Matt Klentak said he sustained “damage” to his UCL is extremely concerning. If there is physical damage there that doesn’t get fixed one way or another, 2020 could turn out exactly like 2019 for Seranthony Dominguez. The Phillies desperately need him be an important and successful part of the bullpen in 2020, which means his health is a top priority this winter. Luckily, it looks like all will be ok.