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PHILS FEAR SERANTHONY DOMINGUEZ COULD MISS 2 1/2 SEASONS!

By Sam Bush

Phils reliever Seranthony Domínguez is back in the USA after weeks of failed attempts to depart his home in the Dominican Republic during the coronavirus pandemic, The Athletic is reporting.

The Phillies expect Domínguez will soon undergo Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

The date and location of the surgery have not been scheduled.

Domínguez, 25, must begin a quarantine period upon his return. It’s possible the surgery will be performed in Florida later this month.

All told, after a series of unfortunate events, the injury could sideline Domínguez for two and a half seasons.

The typical timeline for Tommy John surgery rehab is 12 to 18 months. An aggressive return on the shorter end of that range could make Domínguez available sometime late in the 2021 season.

If not, he’d have to wait until 2022. It is a serious disruption to what was a promising start to his career. Domínguez, months after moving to the bullpen in 2018, rose from Double A to become one of the Phillies’ most trusted relievers. His command was more erratic in 2019, but the club envisioned him as a late-inning option for years to come.

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