Well, that didn’t last long. Seranthony Dominguez pitched in just three games for Lehigh Valley after his promotion from Reading and was summoned to Philadelphia to take the bullpen spot of Adam Morgan who was placed on the DL.
Dominguez has been the hot name among Phillies minor league pitchers this season. Perhaps it was coincidence, but Phillies manager Gabe Kapler spent an off-day watching the Reading Fightins and saw Dominguez throw a perfect inning against Akron. Two days later he was promoted to Lehigh Valley. With Reading, the power right-hander was 1-2 with a 2.08 ERA in eight games covering 13 innings. It didn’t hurt Dominguez’ cause that he finished his time with Reading with six innings of no-hit ball during which he allowed just one baserunner on a hit batter. He also fanned eight batters in that stretch.
When he reached Lehigh Valley, Dominguez threw 3 2/3 innings of hitless ball allowing just one walk and striking out three batters. Over his last seven minor league appearances, Dominguez pitched 9 2/3 innings allowing no hits, one walk and one hit batter while striking out 11 hitters.
Morgan went on the DL with a back strain. It’s unknown how severe the injury may be and how much time he may miss. In 17 games with the Phillies this season, Morgan has pitched to a 2.45 ERA. The loss of Morgan leaves Philadelphia with just one left-hander, Zac Curtis, on the 25-man roster.