March 12: Dominguez has an MRI scheduled for this afternoon, he tells Scott Lauber of the Philadelphia Inquirer (Twitter link). The right-hander said the discomfort he feels isn’t as bad as last season but added that he’s “really concerned” about the upcoming tests.
March 11: Phillies reliever Seranthony Dominguez has experienced a setback in his elbow rehab efforts, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. Details on his anticipated timeline remain unknown.
Dominguez had hoped to be ready for Opening Day and has appeared in some spring action. Unfortunately, he is said to have experienced some issues during his most recent outing on Sunday.
As Salisbury details, Dominguez went through a lengthy rest and rehab process last year after being diagnosed with an injury to his ulnar collateral ligament. He seemed to be ramping up well this spring after a nice long layoff, raising hopes that he’d be a notable part of the pen picture early in the season.
The Phillies would obviously benefit from the 2018 version of Dominguez. As a rookie, he threw 58 innings of 2.95 ERA ball. He took a step back while battling injury woes last year but still managed 10.6 K/9.
Perhaps it’s still possible that this’ll mostly be a blip. Whether or not Tommy John surgery will go back on the table remains to be seen.