The Phillies place Seranthony Dominguez on the IL while Corey Knebel is out for the season

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The Phillies aren’t taking any chances with Seranthony Dominguez. Even before taking a look at the results of an MRI, the team placed the hard-throwing closer on the 15-day injured list Sunday morning because of right tricep tightness.

“They sent him for an X-ray last night just to check for bone chips and things like that and it was clear,” manager Rob Thomson said. “He will now have an MRI today to see if there is any structural damage.”

Dominguez admitted he was concerned about his condition Saturday night, but there seemed to be hope Sunday morning that the matter was not serious.

“Hopefully when his time in IL is up, he’ll be back,” Thomson said.

Dominguez’s IL assignment was overturned Thursday. The earliest he could return would be September 2 in San Francisco. Coincidentally, this could also be the day Bryce Harper is activated from the injured list. He has been out since suffering a broken left thumb on June 25.

The bullpen has been a strength for the Phillies since the team entered the race in June. The Phils have now lost two members of the unit in a week. Corey Knebel had to leave last Sunday’s game in New York with what was originally called a lat strain. According to Thomson, Knebel also has a tear in his shoulder capsule. The pitcher will try to treat the injury non-surgically for now, but his season is over as he was placed on the 60-day disabled list. That placement opened a spot on the 40-man roster for the Phillies to add right-hander Tyler Cyr from Triple A. He takes Dominguez’s spot on the active roster.

Dominguez, 27, had Tommy John surgery in the summer of 2020 and played only sparingly last season. He came back strong this season with a triple-digit fastball, 1.64 ERA and nine saves in 46 games. He struck out 11 per nine innings and had allowed just 26 hits in 44 innings.

Even though Dominguez has been pitching this season, team officials were still concerned about his post-surgery workload. Protecting Dominguez was part of the reason the club acquired veteran closer David Robertson at the trade deadline. That move seems even smarter now.

“He’s coming out of surgery and I said all year we have to be careful with him,” Thomson said of Dominguez. ‚ÄúThis (the trip to IL) is just a precautionary measure, take the ball out of his hands and let him rest.

“In the back of my mind, I think I always thought there was going to be a time where we gave him some time because he hasn’t played in basically two years.”

With Dominguez out, the Phillies will lean on Robertson and lefties Jose Alvarado and Brad Hand in late games. Everyone has closing experience. Matchup will participate in Thomson’s decision-making process. Connor Brogdon will also be important.

Thomson was unsure if Robertson would be available for Sunday afternoon’s series finale against the Mets. The right-hander threw 36 pitches over two innings to earn the win Saturday night.

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