As Phillies pursue Kimbrel, Seranthony Dominguez gears for September comeback


The Phillies are actively looking to add pitching before Friday's trade deadline. They are seeking starting pitching and relief pitching.

Chicago Cubs closer Craig Kimbrel is the apple of the Phillies' eye, but the price is high. The Phillies have several other bullpen targets, but none as high-profile as Kimbrel.

With or without a bullpen upgrade this week, the Phillies' bullpen could get a boost in September if Seranthony Dominguez continues to make progress in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. The right-hander had the surgery a year ago this week but is already facing hitters in controlled situations. He will pitch a six-out simulated game on Tuesday and could start a minor-league rehab assignment later this week if he comes out of the simulated game feeling good.

Dominguez' fastball has been up to 93 mph and Phillies manager Joe Girardi expects more with the adrenaline of competition.

Could Dominguez help down the stretch?

"I think it's possible he could," Girardi said.

Dominguez will likely need the maximum full month allowed on a minor-league rehab assignment. The pitcher was upbeat and optimistic about his chances of making it back later this season. He has not pitched in the majors since suffering an elbow injury in June 2019.

"I feel very good," Dominguez said. "I think I'm ready to start my rehab and see what happens. It's a long process and I'm doing my best to get back."

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