Phillies put Seranthony Dominguez in IL, Corey Knebel out of season

Phillies put Seranthony Dominguez in IL, Corey Knebel out of season

Phillies Cross Fingers Seranthony Dominguez’s Trip to the Wounded List will be brief originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

The Phillies take no chances with Seranthony Dominguez. Even before taking a look at the results of an MRI, the team put the player closer on the 15-day injury list Sunday morning due to a tightness in his right triceps.

“They sent him in for an X-ray last night just to check for bone splinters and stuff and that was clean,” said manager Rob Thomson. “Now he’s going to do an MRI today just to see if there’s any structural damage.”

Dominguez admitted to being concerned about his condition Saturday night, but there seemed to be hope Sunday morning that the problem was not serious.

“We hope that when his time at IL is over, he will be back,” said Thomson.

Dominguez’s assignment to the IL was retroactive to Thursday. The earliest he could return would be September 2 in San Francisco. Coincidentally, this could also be the day Bryce Harper is activated from the wounded list. He has been out since sustaining a fractured left thumb on June 25.

The bullpen has been a force for the Phillies since the team entered the fray in June. The Phils have already lost two unit members in one week. Corey Knebel had to leave last Sunday’s game in New York with what was first called a last strain. According to Thomson, Knebel also has a tear in his shoulder capsule. The pitcher will attempt to treat the injury non-surgically for now, but his season is over as he has been placed on the 60-day injured list. That placement opened a spot on the 40-man roster for the Phillies to add Triple A’s right-hander Tyler Cyr. He takes Dominguez’s place on the active roster.

Dominguez, 27, had surgery on Tommy John in the summer of 2020 and has only shot sparingly last season. He came back strong this season with a triple-figure fastball, a 1.64 ERA and nine saves in 46 games. He was out 11 hitters for nine innings and had only allowed 26 hits in 44 innings.

Even with Dominguez racking up losses this season, team officials remained concerned about their post-surgery workload. Protecting Dominguez was part of the reason the club acquired veteran David Robertson within the trade-off period. This move seems even smarter now.

“He’s coming out of surgery and I’ve been saying all year that we have to be careful with him,” Thomson said of Dominguez. “This (trip to IL) is just a precaution, really, to take the ball out of his hands and let him rest.

“In the back of my mind, I think I always thought there would be a time when we would just give him some time because he hadn’t released in basically two years.”

With Dominguez out, the Phillies will lean on Robertson and southpaws José Alvarado and Brad Hand at the end of the games. Everyone has closing experience. Confrontations will figure in Thomson’s decision-making process. Connor Brogdon will also be important.

Thomson wasn’t sure if Robertson would be available for Sunday afternoon’s series finale against the Mets. The right-hander threw 36 shots in two innings to clinch a victory Saturday night.

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