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Cliff Lee | Starting Pitcher

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (37) / 8/30/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 205
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Arkansas
Contract: view contract details

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Phillies declined their 2016 club option on LHP Cliff Lee.
Lee didn't pitch at all this season after being diagnosed with a torn flexor tendon during spring training. His 2016 option was worth $27.5 million, so the Phillies elected to pay him a $12.5 million buyout instead. He's now officially a free agent and his career could very well be over. Nov 3 - 11:24 AM

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The Phillies will not pick up Cliff Lee's option for 2016.

That means Lee is headed for free agency. It's a no-brainer for the Phils as Lee would have earned $27.5 million. Instead, they'll buy him out for $12.5 million. The 37-year-old didn't pitch this year after tearing his flexor tendon during spring training.
Sep 26 - 7:01 PM

Cliff Lee (forearm) still hasn't been cleared to begin throwing.

"He’s not going to begin throwing for another three or four weeks," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said. "He’s doing well. He’s in great shape. He’s taking care of himself, but he’s not really prepared to start throwing yet. We’ll see what happens over the next month or so. Probably in another month or so we’ll know a little more. Best-case [scenario] he’d be throwing right about now. He’s not ready to do it." Lee is still contemplating surgery on his left arm, a procedure that comes with a nine-month recovery period. Either way, it doesn't sound like we'll see the southpaw before 2016 at this point.
Source: CSN Philly
Jun 17 - 11:06 PM

Phillies placed LHP Cliff Lee on the 60-day disabled list with a left forearm strain.

Surgery has been recommended, but Lee will attempt to rehab the injury for a third time. If he had the surgery now, his 2015 season would be over anyway, so it's worth a shot. Still, there's a very good chance that he won't pitch at all this season. And given that he'll be 37 later this year, he might eventually just decide to hang it up. It would be a shame to see it end this way, but he's had an amazing run.
Mar 16 - 4:40 PM

Cliff Lee (elbow) did not throw Sunday or Monday.

Lee was diagnosed early last week with a torn flexor tendon in his left elbow and didn't feel very good after trying to play catch Friday. Now it seems the Phillies have basically shut him down. Season-ending surgery could be on the horizon for the veteran left-hander.
Mar 16 - 3:51 PM

Cliff Lee said after playing catch Friday that his ailing left elbow felt the "same as yesterday."

The Phillies and Lee haven't given up hope that the left-hander will be able to pitch through a tear in the common flexor tendon in his left elbow. However, it's probably a matter of when, not if, he'll have surgery. Lee has admitted that an operation could threaten his career, which is no doubt why he's attempting, at least for now, to pitch through it.
Mar 13 - 3:58 PM

Cliff Lee (elbow) said that the pain had not subsided after he threw a bullpen session on Wednesday.

Dr. James Andrews diagnosed a tear in the common flexor tendon of Lee's left elbow on Tuesday. Lee is hopeful that he'll be able to pitch through the injury, but if he's unable to, season-ending surgery would be the next step. The Phillies do not seem optimistic that Lee is going to see this through without going under the knife. Lee is owed $25 million this season.
Mar 11 - 11:41 AM

Dr. James Andrews determined that Cliff Lee has a tear in the common flexor tendon in his left elbow.

In other words, it's the same injury from last year and matches the initial diagnosis from the weekend. Lee will try to throw through it to see if his condition improves, but surgery would sideline him for 6-8 months. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. isn't optimistic about his chances of avoiding surgery, so it's beginning to look like he won't pitch at all this season. Lee is owed $25 million this season and has a $12.5 million buyout on his 2016 club option.
Mar 10 - 1:17 PM

Cliff Lee (elbow) played catch Tuesday.

Lee felt discomfort in his left elbow Sunday after tossing two innings last Thursday in his Grapefruit League debut. An MRI on the elbow showed mild inflammation, but the Phillies sent the results to Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion. We should have more clarity on his status soon, but don't count on seeing him in game action in the near future.
Mar 10 - 11:04 AM

Cliff Lee acknowledged Monday that his career may be over if he needs left elbow surgery.

Lee began complaining of discomfort in his left elbow Sunday after tossing two innings last Thursday in his Grapefruit League debut. It's being called mild inflammation by the Phillies, but Lee has been dealing with elbow discomfort for nearly 10 months and may have to go under the knife. "It would be 6-8 months out," the 36-year-old said Monday. "So basically if I have the surgery this season will be done. Possibly my career I guess. I don't know. We'll have to see."
Mar 9 - 9:05 AM

The Phillies released a statement saying that an MRI on Cliff Lee's left elbow showed mild inflammation.

It's in the same area as last season's flexor pronator strain. The MRI results have been sent to Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion and Lee could resume a throwing program as soon as Monday. While it's certainly good that he has no apparent ligament damage, it's hard to count on Lee staying healthy for a prolonged amount of time at this point. His status for the start of the season is obviously up in the air.
Mar 8 - 11:28 AM

Cliff Lee is experiencing renewed soreness in his left elbow.

Lee, of course, saw his 2014 season end prematurely due to a flexor pronator strain in his pitching elbow, and he's dealing with the same issue again. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro called the soreness "mild," but it still seems likely that we're looking at an extended absence here. Lee is set to make $25 million this season and has a $27.5 million club option or $12.5 million buyout for the 2016 campaign.
Mar 8 - 11:09 AM

Cliff Lee (elbow) pitched two scoreless innings, allowing a pair of singles, in his spring debut Thursday against the Astros.

No radar gun reports from Lee's outing, but's Jim Salisbury said he "looked sharp" and he came out of it feeling fine. Since all of the reports have been good so far, his stock is on the way back up.
Mar 5 - 4:25 PM

Cliff Lee (elbow) is scheduled to make his Grapefruit League debut on Thursday against the Astros.

The 36-year-old southpaw came into camp a bit behind schedule but felt good after throwing live batting practice on Wednesday. As long as he makes it through the spring healthy and exhibits normal velocity, he'll make for a very popular rebound candidate in fantasy drafts.
Feb 27 - 10:09 PM

Cliff Lee (elbow) threw batting practice Wednesday and said he felt good.

It was his first time throwing to hitters since he aggravated the flexor pronator strain in his left elbow last July 31. The veteran left-hander is a bit behind schedule due to a bout of bronchitis, so he might not start one of the first Grapefruit League games, but he still has plenty of time to get stretched out before the season. The 36-year-old could be a trade candidate if he proves his health.
Feb 25 - 2:14 PM

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