CLEARWATER, Fla. – Losing hard-throwing reliever Seranthony Dominguez was a huge blow to the Phillies last season and now there is fear his absence will extend into the new season, which begins in just 15 days.
Dominguez, according to sources, has experienced a setback in his recovery from an elbow strain that kept him on the sidelines for four months last season.
Over the last week, Dominguez has pitched twice in Grapefruit League games. The setback apparently occurred on Sunday when he pitched an inning against the Toronto Blue Jays. Dominguez struck out two batters and hit 95 mph on the stadium radar gun in that game.
The severity of Dominguez’ setback is still being determined. Wednesday is an off day in Phillies camp and more information on the pitcher’s condition is expected later in the week. Given Dominguez’ history, it’s difficult to envision him being part of the opening day bullpen and reasonable to wonder if his absence could be lengthy.
A starting pitcher in the minors, Dominguez rocketed his way to the majors after converting to the bullpen in spring training 2018. As a rookie that season, he appeared in 53 games, often as manager Gabe…