It took over two years, but Seranthony Dominguez is finally back in the big leagues.
The Phillies’ talented, hard-throwing right-handed reliever was recalled from Triple-A on Saturday as Connor Brogdon was placed on the injured list with groin tightness.
Dominguez has not appeared in a major-league game since June 5, 2019.
He was shut down at that time with an elbow injury and the Phillies tried to rest-and-rehab him, but he of course suffered a setback in spring training 2020 and his Tommy John surgery was delayed until July of that year because of COVID protocols.
Soon to be 27, Dominguez made a good first impression as a 23-year-old rookie in 2018. He began his career by allowing two hits in 14 2/3 scoreless innings, and went on to make 43 scoreless appearances out of 53. He struck out 74 hitters in 58 innings with a 2.95 ERA.
He looked then like a closer or high-leverage reliever the Phillies could count on for the foreseeable future. One inning in Miami this weekend will not show the world whether he’s all the way back, but his return has been long-anticipated and the Phils have to feel great about at least getting him back this season.