ATLANTA — The Phillies are actually getting good news on the injury front, for a change.
Reliever Seranthony Dominguez, who seemed likely to undergo Tommy John surgery on his sore right elbow and said earlier in the week he was hoping for a miracle, will not go under the knife. At least not now.
Dominguez had a PRP injection from Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday. He will be reevaluated in three weeks and if all goes well, could be throwing again in 4-to-6 weeks.
"It is incredibly encouraging news, just the idea that we could have him back and contributing at some point for us later in the season is comforting," manager Gabe Kapler said Friday. "I know it's comforting for Seranthony. It's as good of news as we could hope to expect."
This doesn't mean that Dominguez is totally out of the woods. There have been examples in recent years of a pitcher still eventually needing surgery after having a PRP injection. There have also been examples like Aaron Nola, Masahiro Tanaka, David Price and Stephen Strasburg, who continued to pitch effectively after having a PRP injection.
• Tommy Hunter, who hasn't pitched this season because of a flexor strain, is scheduled to begin his rehab assignment Monday with Clearwater. When he's ready to go, the Phillies will be welcoming a fresh reliever to the back end of their 'pen.
• David Robertson (flexor strain) is "progressing well," according to Kapler. He's thrown three times off of flat ground and is encouraged by his progress. The next step would be throwing off of a bullpen mound, though that is not imminent just yet.
• Pat Neshek (shoulder) had a good sweat going after throwing a bullpen session Friday in Atlanta. He could be activated as early as Sunday.
• Adam Morgan (flexor strain) is scheduled to throw another 'pen session Sunday and could be back late next week if all goes well.
• Roman Quinn (groin) will play nine innings with Double A Reading on Friday night. He and Kapler will communicate after the game to figure out when Quinn will be activated.
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