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Seranthony Domínguez can finally get Tommy John surgery

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Back in March, doctors recommended that Phillies reliever Seranthony Domínguez undergo Tommy John surgery. Domínguez had returned home to the Dominican Republic due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, and could not travel back to the United States to get the surgery. And, even if he could, it was an open question as to whether doctors could perform if given restrictions against elective surgery (there was some degree of controversy about that at the time).

Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports today, however, that Domínguez has finally made it back to the United States and will soon undergo Tommy John surgery. He’s obviously out for whatever is left of the 2020 season and will miss a good chunk of 2021 assuming the usual recovery time.

Domínguez, 25, broke out as a rookie in 2018, recording 16 saves with a 2.95 ERA and a 74/22 K/BB ratio over 58 innings. He wasn’t as successful over the first two months and change of last season before his season ended last June due to the elbow injury.

Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.

The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”

Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Now, however, Kopech has opted out.