Seranthony Dominguez shines for the BlueClaws, plus more injury updates for the Phillies
The Philadelphia Phillies are back above the .500 mark at 54-53 after beating the Washington Nationals for the second time in just as many nights. They move to just one and a half games behind the National League East leading New York Mets.
The most exciting injury related news is from Seranthony Dominguez, who began his rehab assignment yesterday with the High-A Jersey Shore BlueClaws. Dominguez tossed a 1-2-3 inning, striking out the first two batters before getting a groundout to end the first inning. Keep your fingers crossed that Dominguez won’t suffer any setbacks so we can expect him to rejoin the Phillies in late August / early September.
Connor Brogdon is heading to the 10-Day Injured List due to right elbow tendinitis. Brogdon was unavailable the last few games dealing with soreness in his elbow. After a few exams on his elbow before yesterday’s game, it was determined that he would need a trip to the IL, but there’s nothing wrong structurally. In a corresponding move, Mauricio Llovera was recalled again to join the Phillies. Llovera was with the Phillies in mid-July, throwing just three innings and allowing one earned run.
Brogdon will join both Andrew McCutchen and Vince Velasquez on the 10-Day Injured List. Cutch is on the IL with a swollen left knee and Vinny Velo has a blister. Enyel De Los Santos is back with the Phillies but has failed to impress anyone in his previous recalls, with a 6.75 ERA in 15 appearances at the major league level this season. Bailey Falter should be returning any day now, after landing on the COVID IL (again) on July 20th. Any player who tests positive for COVID must sit out 10 days minimum, so hopefully De Los Santos can disappear again with Falter rejoining the bullpen in the near future.
The Phillies are still waiting to debut Freddy Galvis, who was acquired at the trade deadline. Galvis has been on the injured list since June 27th with right quadriceps strain. Girardi is on record stating Galvis will not join the ball club at the major league level once he returns from injury and will need time in the minor leagues to regain form.
With Zach Eflin still on the injured list and no specific timetable for return, the Phillies will send Chase Anderson to the mound against the Nationals. Anderson is 2-4 on the season, with a 6.75 ERA. He will face Paolo Espino, who is 3-2 on the season with a 3.08 ERA.