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Cliff Lee | Starting Pitcher

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (36) / 8/30/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 205
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Arkansas
Contract: view contract details

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Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said Tuesday that Cliff Lee (elbow) has already thrown off a mound 3-4 times this offseason.
It was reported over the weekend that Lee was slated to throw off the bump for the first time in two weeks, but that was apparently inaccurate. Lee's 2014 season ended prematurely due to a flexor pronator strain, but he'll enter spring training with no limitations. The news is certainly good to this point, but the veteran left-hander remains a major health risk heading into 2015. Jan 20 - 6:23 PM

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Cliff Lee (elbow) is progressing quicker than anticipated in his recovery from a flexor pronator strain and he's scheduled to throw off a mound for the first time in two weeks.

The veteran southpaw is coming off a highly disappointing and injury-riddled season where he posted a 3.65 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 72/12 K/BB ratio over 81 1/3 innings. He's expected to be fully healthy and ready to go for spring training and represents a nice bounce-back candidate.
Jan 17 - 8:38 AM

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said Monday that Cliff Lee (elbow) has begun his offseason throwing program and is doing well.

"He’s got no issues," Amaro said. "He’s in his normal program now. I think he probably won’t get on the mound until January." The GM added that Lee, whose 2014 season ended prematurely due to a flexor pronator strain in his left elbow, should be ready to go at the start of spring training. "That’s what we think," he said. "Talked to (head athletic trainer) Scott Sheridan this morning about it and he’s on a normal schedule now. Of course unless he has some sort setback."
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 09:09:00 PM

Cliff Lee (elbow) is close to beginning a throwing program.

The news comes via Lee's agent, Darek Braunecker. The veteran southpaw was limited to 13 starts this season due to a flexor pronator strain in his elbow, but he was able to avoid surgery. The expectation is that he'll be ready for spring training. The Phillies would surely love to deal Lee, but teams will likely want to see his health and effectiveness before even considering the possibility.
Tue, Nov 11, 2014 01:08:00 PM

Phillies activated LHP Cliff Lee from the 60-day disabled list.

The 36-year-old left-hander was shelved in late-July due to a continuance of a flexor pronator strain in his pitching elbow. He was able to avoid surgery, getting treated instead with platelet-rich plasma injections. He's on track to begin a throwing program in November, though a possible recurrence of this issue certainly needs to be factored in when thinking of calling Lee's name in fantasy drafts.
Sat, Oct 25, 2014 08:52:00 AM

Cliff Lee (elbow) underwent an MRI last Friday which showed that his left flexor tendon is healing well.

Lee was shut down in late-July due to the recurrence of a flexor pronator strain in his left elbow. The veteran southpaw was treated with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection and will not require surgery. He'll begin a throwing program in November and the hope is that he'll be ready for spring training, but he remains a question mark going into 2015.
Wed, Oct 1, 2014 12:26:00 PM

Cliff Lee won't require surgery on his left elbow.

The Phillies came to the conclusion that rest and rehabilitation would be sufficient for the 35-year-old, and an independent orthopedist agreed. The left-hander also received a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection in the elbow, and Lee will take two weeks off before being re-evaluated. "We hope to get him into a throwing program in October or November," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "But right now he needs to rest." The Phillies are hopeful Lee will be ready by spring training next year.
Wed, Aug 6, 2014 11:49:00 PM

Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said Tuesday that "there wasn't a whole lot that was revealed" during Cliff Lee's (elbow) visit to the doctor Saturday.

Lee will undergo another MRI and is expected to see Dr. James Andrews at some point. The veteran left-hander is dealing with a recurrence of a flexor pronator strain in his left elbow and has effectively been ruled out for the season whether he needs surgery or not. "Since it's a re-occurrence and the last one took two months, that's the reality," Sandberg said.
Tue, Aug 5, 2014 08:06:00 PM

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said Friday that Cliff Lee (elbow) is likely to be examined by Dr. James Andrews eventually.

That's usually a bad sign, but Amaro noted that Lee has no signs of ligament damage. What he is dealing with is a flexor pronator strain, which is likely to end his season whether he needs to undergo surgery or not. He'll be examined Saturday.
Fri, Aug 1, 2014 05:30:00 PM

Phillies placed LHP Cliff Lee on the 15-day disabled list with a left flexor pronator strain.

It's an aggravation of the injury that sidelined him for two months earlier this season. Lee might require surgery this time around, though that won't be known until he's examined Saturday. Either way, he's likely done for the season. The veteran lefty is owed approximately $45.8 million through the end of next year.
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 11:22:00 PM

Cliff Lee (elbow) will be examined by a doctor on Saturday.

Lee admitted feeling soreness in his left elbow while warming up Thursday and he made it just 2 2/3 innings before having to leave. The initial diagnosis is a left flexor pronator strain, which is the same ailment that kept him out for two months earlier this season. Lee admitted that surgery is a possibility and conceded that he's probably done for the season. We'll know for sure after Saturday's exam.
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 11:06:00 PM

Cliff Lee exited Thursday's start against the Nationals with a left flexor pronator strain.

It's the same injury that caused him to miss two months of action earlier this season. Obviously Lee is headed back to the disabled list, and the probability is high that his 2014 campaign is over. The Phillies just have to hope now that he can avoid surgery and return to pitch in 2015. He's owed approximately $45.8 million through the end of next season.
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 08:33:00 PM

Cliff Lee left Thursday's start against the Nationals with an apparent elbow injury.

Lee had tossed 2 2/3 scoreless frames but threw a pitch to Denard Span and immediately knew something was wrong. He appeared to gesture towards his elbow after getting to the dugout, so it looks like he aggravated the ailment that sidelined him for two months. The Phillies will provide an update shortly, but obviously this looks like a major setback.
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 07:54:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Phillies are willing to absorb part of Cliff Lee's contract in a trade if they get the right prospects in return.

It's no surprise, of course, given that Lee is guaranteed more than anyone else in baseball through the end of next season (roughly $48 million) and hasn't pitched well in two starts since returning from an elbow injury. The veteran left-hander could be dealt next month, as he is expected to clear waivers.
Wed, Jul 30, 2014 01:59:00 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney was told by rival evaluators that the July 31 trade deadline doesn't apply to Cliff Lee because he'll clear waivers and can be dealt in August.

It makes sense, as Olney notes that Lee is making $25 million this season, is owed $25 million in 2015 and has a $12.5 million buyout on his $27.5 million club option for 2016. All told, he's guaranteed at least $48 million over the next 1 1/3 seasons, which will scare most every team off. Because he can be dealt in August, Lee will have more time to show he's healthy after missing two months due to a flexor strain in his left elbow.
Wed, Jul 23, 2014 12:26:00 PM

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