Fast Track Takes Dominguez to Philadelphia

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.

Chuck Hixson

Chuck has a wide and varied background in covering sports both locally and nationally. Living in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, Chuck has the distinction of being the only person to have covered both the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Lehigh Valley Phantoms in every season of their existence. Chuck began covering sports in 1998 when he was the first program director and morning host at WTKZ-AM in Allentown, Pennsylvania when the station switched to an all sports format. Chuck produced the stations coverage of the Allentown Ambassadors baseball team, which played in the independent Northeast League. From there, Chuck was the editor and writer of Pinstripes magazine, covering Phillies baseball. That led to Chuck founding Philly Baseball Insider in 2003. Chuck has done freelance work for national entities such as USA TODAY, CBS, FOX Sports, Washington Times and others.

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