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Cliff Lee | Starting Pitcher

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (35) / 8/30/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 205
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Arkansas
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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. Aug 6 - 11:49 PM
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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.
Aug 5 - 8:06 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.
Aug 1 - 5:30 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.
Jul 31 - 11:22 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.
Jul 31 - 11:06 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.
Jul 31 - 8:33 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.
Jul 31 - 7:54 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.
Jul 30 - 1:59 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.
Jul 23 - 12:26 PM

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that Cliff Lee can be traded to the Braves, Indians, Astros, Marlins, Twins, Mets, Padres, Rays, and Nationals without his consent.

You'll notice that there are four teams from the NL East on his list, but the Phillies would be unlikely to deal him to any of those teams anyway. Meanwhile, most of the others likely couldn't afford him, so there's a mix of strategy and preference in his list. Lee has 20 teams on his no-trade list, but it's still possible that he could waive it if the right situation presents itself. The veteran southpaw struggled in his return from the disabled list Monday, so a trade appears unlikely right now. The Phillies might be better off waiting until August or potentially the offseason.
Jul 22 - 8:56 AM

Cliff Lee struggled through 5 2/3 innings in his return from the disabled list, giving up six runs and 12 hits in a loss to the Giants.

Lee's velocity is typically in the 89-92 mph range when healthy, but he was working more at 86-89 mph tonight. Combine that with the fact that he still has some rust to shake, and he proved very hittable in his return. He gets the Diamondbacks next time out, so keep him active in mixed leagues for now.
Jul 21 - 11:10 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Tigers, Blue Jays, Orioles, Brewers, Angels, Royals, Giants, Rangers, Diamondbacks and Pirates have scouts in Philadelphia Monday.

Cliff Lee, of course, is making his return from the disabled list Monday and will be a prime trade candidate this month if he can show he's healthy. Crasnick notes that he's not sure which teams are scouting Lee and which are there for regular coverage. It's also not clear whether it's a complete list. One team noticeably absent is the Yankees, a club that many expect to make a run at Lee.
Jul 21 - 6:22 PM

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

Lee missed over two months with an elbow strain. He will return to the Phillies' starting rotation on Monday night against the Giants and has two turns before the July 31 trade deadline to prove his health. He'll be an attractive name on the block if he pitches well.
Jul 21 - 2:33 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that there is a "strong belief" the Phillies would "much prefer" to trade Cliff Lee rather than Cole Hamels.

It jibes with previous reports that the club isn't looking to trade Hamels, who also isn't anxious to waive his no-trade rights. Lee, though, has indicated a willingness to waive his no-trade clause and is also under team control for three fewer years than Hamels. Recovering from an elbow injury, Lee obviously will need to show he's healthy before teams consider dealing for him. He's slated to rejoin Philly's rotation on Monday.
Jul 18 - 10:42 AM

Cliff Lee (elbow) was lit up for eight runs -- three earned -- on eight hits and a walk over just 4 2/3 innings in his final rehab start for High-A Clearwater on Monday.

He also hit a batter and gave up a home run. An error was made behind Lee to start off the game, but the veteran left-hander obviously wasn't able to pitch around it. There's been no word on Lee's velocity or how he felt, but clearly these weren't the results the Phillies were looking for in Lee's final tune-up before rejoining the rotation on July 21.
Jul 14 - 8:32 PM

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SS1Jimmy Rollins
3B1Cody Asche
2Reid Brignac
LF1Domonic Brown
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PosRoleName
S1Cole Hamels
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3Kyle Kendrick
4David Buchanan
5Jerome Williams
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PosRoleName
R1Jonathan Papelbon
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3Antonio Bastardo
4Jake Diekman
5Ken Giles
6Mario Hollands
7Justin De Fratus
8Cesar Jimenez