Dominguez (elbow) was transferred to the 60-day injured list Saturday, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
The transaction was merely a procedural move, as the Phillies needed to open up a spot on the 40-man roster for the newly acquired Mike Morin. Dominguez has been shut down since early June with a UCL injury in his right elbow and is without a clear timeline to return from the IL.
Dominguez (elbow) will be reevaluated Thursday and could resume throwing shortly thereafter, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Dominguez has been out with a UCL injury in his right elbow since early June, but he was able to avoid Tommy John surgery for the time being and still has prospects of pitching again this season. The 24-year-old won't have an official timeline for his return until he actually resumes throwing, but a return in July at this point appears optimistic.
Dominguez (elbow) won't require Tommy John surgery, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
He visited with Dr. James Andrews, who recommended a PRP injection instead of surgery. Dominguez will be re-evaluated in three weeks and could be throwing in four-to-six weeks. Given the timing of his injury, it makes sense for Dominguez to attempt to recover via non-surgical means, as he'd likely be out for the rest of 2019 and potentially all of 2020 if he went under the knife -- an option that of course remains on the table if the attempt to treat the injury with an injection is deemed a failure.
Dominguez has a UCL injury in his right elbow and could be forced to undergo Tommy John surgery, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
Dominguez will head to the injured list while he seeks out a second opinion on the injury after undergoing an MRI on Thursday. Even if the 24-year-old is able to avoid surgery he seems likely to face a significant absence.
Manager Gabe Kapler said Dominguez showed symptoms of a mild elbow sprain and will undergo an MRI on Thursday, Bob Brookover of The Philadephia Inquirer reports.
Dominguez was apparently having some issues with his right elbow and was removed from Wednesday's game after recording one out and allowing two runners to reach base. It's difficult to imagine the 24-year-old being cleared to pitch Friday's series opener against the Reds, but more information should be available after the MRI.
Dominguez exited Wednesday's game against the Padres with an undisclosed injury, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
Dominguez allowed two runners to reach base and recorded just one out prior to exiting Wednesday's game with a trainer. More should be known about the injury once Dominguez is further evaluated in the coming days, but this could be yet another tough blow to a Phillies bullpen that is already depleted. Hector Neris replaced Dominguez in Wednesday's contest.
Dominguez gave up three runs (two earned) on two walks and a hit Monday against the Cubs, striking out one batter over two innings.
Dominguez retired the top of the Cubs' lineup in order in the seventh inning but fell apart when asked to handle a second frame. He walked the first two batters he faced in the eighth and allowed both to score on a Daniel Descalso triple. Descalso scored himself after Jean Segura's throw hit him in the foot and bounced into the dugout as he slid for third, giving the Cubs the lead, but the Phillies' offense bailed Dominguez out in the top of the ninth. Notably, Monday's outing was the first in which Dominguez has recorded more than three outs this season, suggesting he may not be asked to do so again for a while. The 24-year-old has lost all his fantasy relevance from last season as he's not being tasked with save opportunities or a heavy workload and has a 5.03 ERA.
Dominguez closed out the sixth inning of Friday's loss to the Rockies, striking out the only batter he faced.
Dominguez now has eight appearances on the season but has yet to be used in a true save opportunity -- his only blown save came in the eighth inning. That's been a function of game flow and bullpen strategy as much as anything, as the Phillies have had few save chances and have elected to use their top relievers in high-leverage situations throughout the game. Dominguez's 34.5 percent strikeout rate means he's still offering something in deep leagues, but he's yet to have an appearance longer than one inning, limiting his appeal.
Dominguez threw a scoreless sixth inning Monday against the Nationals, striking out one batter and not allowing a single baserunner.
Most assumed the primary option for saves in Philadelphia would be either Dominguez or David Robertson, but it's been Hector Neris and Pat Neshek who have picked up the team's first two saves this season. Dominguez's usage in the sixth inning doesn't appear to be a demotion for his early struggles, however, as it was still a high-leverage appearance, with the game tied and the top of the Nationals' order due up. Expect Dominguez to continue to be used in high-leverage spots going forward, only picking up saves when those spots happen to come in the ninth inning. Encouragingly, his fastball velocity averaged 98.2 mph Tuesday, a tick up from where it had been in his first three appearances of the season and in line with where he sat last year.
Dominguez's velocity is down through his first two outings of the season, Matt Gelb of The Athletic Philadelphia reports.
Dominguez's fastball averaged 98.6 mph in 2018 but has averaged 97.1 mph so far this season. He didn't throw a pitch harder than 97.9 mph in his latest appearance Wednesday, his slowest max speed in any of his 55 career outings. He's bumped up his slider percentage from 27.0 percent to 36.2 percent to compensate. The 24-year-old still throws hard, and velocity is often down for many pitchers early in the season, but the drop remains at least moderately worrisome.
Dominguez was charged with a blown save against the Nationals after allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits during the eighth inning Wednesday. He recorded two strikeouts and did not walk a batter.
Dominguez may have been working in a setup role but nonetheless gets the blown save as he was unable to hold a two-run lead during the eighth inning. David Robertson's early-season struggles continued; he entered with the game tied during the ninth and gave up a hit and three walks, including a bases-loaded walk to end the game. Robertson's issues could lead to increased ninth-inning chances for Dominguez, but he should continue to be a high-leverage option for the Phillies, regardless.
Dominguez has allowed just one run in 5.1 innings so far this spring, striking out five while walking one.
Dominguez's role for the upcoming season remains unclear. The 24-year-old led the Phillies in saves last season with 16, but the team brought in David Robertson over the offseason. The Phillies reportedly want to use Robertson in a versatile, high-leverage role, in line with manager Gabe Kapler's progressive approach. Dominguez also fits that role well, as his recent experience as a starter enables him to work longer outings. It's possible that the saves will go to whomever happens to still be available in the ninth inning. A clearer picture of the late-inning breakdown may not emerge until the season gets underway.
Dominguez fired a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts to record the save in Sunday's 3-1 win over the Braves.
Dominguez finished the season with saves on back-to-back days and he allowed only one hit over his last six appearances. The 23-year-old ended the season with a 2.95 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and 74:22 K:BB over 58 innings while converting 16 of 20 save opportunities.
Dominguez walked one and struck out one in a scoreless inning to get his 15th save of the season in a win over the Braves on Saturday.
This marked the right-hander's first save since Aug. 16 for a Phillies bullpen that's flipped between stoppers several times, often using a committee. Hector Neris, the arguable top choice for this role lately, pitched in the eighth inning and had to face Ronald Acuna and Ender Inciarte -- which might play into how he's the favored high-leverage relief arm. Dominguez, who often led this pack in his up-and-down year, still boasts a nifty 3.00 ERA with 11.4 K/9 and 3.5 BB/9 on the season.
Dominguez allowed three runs on two hits over 1.2 innings during Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Nationals. He struck out one and walked three.
Dominguez remained in the game after a scoreless eighth inning attempting to secure the save with a 6-3 lead, but instead gave up two runs on two hits and two walks before exiting the game with the bases loaded. Luis Garcia entered the game and walked Trea Turner to tie things up 6-6, meaning Dominguez actually earned a hold for the outing rather than blowing the save, since he wasn't pitching when the lead was relinquished. The 24-year-old set a season high with 43 pitches, and now has a 3.29 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 67:19 K:BB across 52 total innings.
Dominguez pitched a scoreless ninth-inning to preserve a five-run lead Sunday against the Blue Jays, striking out two batters.
Dominguez seems to have at least temporarily lost his hold on the closer's job, as he hasn't recorded a save since Aug. 16 while Pat Neshek has recorded a pair in that time frame. His demotion was seemingly well-deserved, as he had posted a 12.71 ERA and a 1.76 WHIP over his last seven appearances prior to Sunday. His excellent strikeout and walk numbers remained strong throughout that stretch, however, as he struck out eight while walking just one, and it may take just a few more appearances like the one he had Sunday for him to regain his manager's trust and move back into a high-leverage role.
Dominguez (1-4) blew his fourth save of the season in Wednesday's 8-7 loss to the Nationals, serving up a two-run walkoff home run to Ryan Zimmerman with two outs in the ninth inning.
The right-hander seemed to have things well in hand, getting Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon to fly out to begin the frame, but Juan Soto's double into the right-field corner opened the door for Zimmerman's heroics. Dominguez has now blown three of his last five save opportunities, giving up homers each time, and Phillies manager Gabe Kapler may have to start considering other ninth-inning options once again.
Dominguez picked up his 14th save of the year in the nightcap of Thursday's doubleheader against the Mets, recording the final two outs on a pair of strikeouts while allowing one hit.
Dominguez was called upon with one out in the ninth inning and the tying run on deck in a four-run game. He allowed that tying run to come up to bat after giving up a single to Wilmer Flores, but he struck out Austin Jackson and Jose Bautista to close the game. It was a significant moment for the young reliever, who was able to shut the door after throwing 1.1 innings the day before despite struggling in similar situations for much of the year.
Dominguez tossed 1.1 scoreless innings Wednesday to pick up his 13th save of the season in a 7-4 win over the Red Sox.
He wasn't exactly sharp, throwing only nine of 18 pitches for strikes, but Dominguez didn't allow any hard contact as he rebounded from blown saves in his last two opportunities. Despite his occasional stumbles, the rookie still has a 2.32 ERA and 54:13 K:BB in his first 42.2 big-league innings.
Dominguez blew the save Monday, allowing two runs on three hits -- including a home run -- while recording one out in the ninth inning against the Diamondbacks.
The 23-year-old squandered a gem from Jake Arrieta, allowing three straight hits (two for extra bases) after getting the leadoff man out. It was his second consecutive appearance with a blown save -- the other coming in the seventh inning Sunday. Dominguez went 12-for-13 in save situations to begin his career and it seems likely that he will continue to serve as the primary ninth-inning option, but Tommy Hunter and Victor Arano loom as threats to his role.
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