Phillies Injury Update: Corey Knebel done for season, Seranthony headed to 10-day IL
Phillies reliever Corey Knebel was placed on the 60-day IL due to a tear in his shoulder capsule suffered while pitching in the August 14th loss to the Mets.
The Phillies also announced they have selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Tyler Cyr and to make room on the roster have placed Seranthony Dominguez on the 15-day IL with triceps soreness.
Well this is certainly a bad day for the Phillies bullpen. In one fell swoop they have lost perhaps their two most trusted backend relievers to extended injuries and will have to adjust on the fly in the middle of a playoff race.
Corey Knebel exited August 14th’s game against the Mets after displaying obvious discomfort following a pitch. Knebel had been solid for the Phillies this season, his first in red pinstripes after signing a 1 year/$10 million deal during this past offseason. Despite Knebel surrendering his spot as the defacto closer in June he pitched well overall, tossing 44 2/3 innings with a 3.43 ERA.
As Luke Arcaini detailed in an earlier update, Dominguez felt general soreness leading up to the first game 1 of the Saturday’s double header against the Mets while playing catch and was scratched, forcing David Robertson into a two-inning save opportunity.
Interim manager Rob Thomson said he is optimistic that Dominguez will return before his 15-day IL stint is up. Meanwhile, Knebel will reportedly travel to Texas on Sunday night to get stem cell treatment in an attempt to avoid surgery and re-enter free agency this coming offseason.
Seranthony has been fantastic for the Phils this season, holding a 1.64 ERA and 54 Ks in 44 total innings. He’s made 46 appearances, tallying 9 saves and four wins in that time. Dominguez has solidified himself as the Phillies closer of the future, as opposing batters are hitting just .170 against the 27-year-old in 2022.
As for Tyler Cyr, the 29-year-old reliever signed with the Phillies this offseason in free agency and will likely make his big league debut after spending most of his career in the Giants minor league system. Cyr as impressed for Lehigh Valley in 2022, posting a terrific 2.50 ERA in 35 innings of work. The scouting report says he throws a heavy ball and forces over half of his batters into ground balls.
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