Availability of Injured Arms Could Help Shape Phillies Bullpen
The Phillies had a rare day off in Clearwater on Tuesday, but there are still plenty of story lines to keep an eye on, including the Phillies bullpen.
Injuries crippled the Phillies pen in 2019, but the team didn't go out an spend on a definitive fix for the 2020 season, instead hoping those injured arms return to form.
The team is hoping three pitchers coming off injuries, Seranthony Dominguez, Tommy Hunter and Adam Morgan, can find roles with the 2020 Phils.
"It was an offseason full of recovery," Morgan told Philies.com
While none of them have appeared in a Grapefruit League game to date, each have made strides in an effort to return to the mound.
Dominguez was expected to be ready for the start of spring training after tearing the UCL in his right elbow in June, but so far, the right-hander has yet to make an appearance.
The Phillies hope Dominguez can return to the back end of the Phillies bullpen, and throw in some high-leverage situations in front of closer Hector Neris.
Morgan battled a left flexor strain that caused him to be shut down last season, while Hunter appeared in just five games with the Phillies last year before requiring surgery to repair his flexor tendon.
The Phillies have plenty of question in the pen, but if these three can carve out roles, it would certainly help shape the 2020 bullpen, if they can stay healthy.