Totally and completely unsurprising news emerged on Friday afternoon. Seranthony Dominguez will most likely get Tommy John surgery when he arrives in the United States.
After a series of unfortunate events, the Phillies managed to get Seranthony Domínguez back in the U.S. this week. He has to quarantine, then he'll have his Tommy John surgery — perhaps later this month: https://t.co/TtiOjTTL4z— Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) June 5, 2020
As stated in Gelb’s piece, once his quarantine is finished, now that the ban on elective surgeries has been lifted, Dominguez will undergo the surgery and miss whatever is left of the 2020 season and the majority of 2021. This meaning, he’ll most likely not pitch meaningful innings until 2022.
At this point, you have to feel bad for Dominguez. No one wants to undergo surgery without trying to rehab it first, which he tried, but it was unsuccessful and now he’ll go under the knife. After bursting on to the scene as an electric arm in 2017 and becoming one of Gabe Kapler’s favorite bullpen toys, he’ll be left wondering if he can get back that blazing fastball and devastating slider he possesses still. It’s a shame.
It’s also fair to wonder if he’ll be back with the Phillies at all. In a time when the team owners are going to be crying poor for the rest of this year and well into 2021, you have to wonder if the team might look to penny pinch and nontender Dominguez rather than pay him to go through rehab to hopefully get back to where he was before. The smart money is that they do retain him, but it is a fair question since nothing these owners have been doing makes sense anymore.
Get well, Seranthony.