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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 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

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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

Cliff Lee (elbow) is throwing every third day, not every other day, in the early part of camp.

Lee is coming back from a flexor pronator strain in his left elbow, so the Phillies are just being cautious. Lee threw his first bullpen session of the year Thursday, and he's set to throw again Sunday. The 36-year-old will likely ramp up his throwing as camp progresses and should be good to go for Opening Day.
Source: CSN Philly
Feb 21 - 6:58 PM

Cliff Lee's winter throwing program was on hold briefly due to a bout of bronchitis.

Of course, the good news is that his arm feels fine. Lee was limited to just 13 starts last season due to a flexor pronator strain in his elbow, but he managed to avoid surgery. The veteran southpaw could become a trade candidate if he proves his health and effectiveness in the first half.
Feb 18 - 11:30 AM

ESPN's Jayson Stark was told by an executive who spoke with the Phillies that the club could trade Cliff Lee (elbow) as soon as spring training.

That's assuming he shows he's healthy, which is no safe bet after the left-hander's 2014 season ended prematurely due to a flexor pronator strain in his elbow. Lee has thrown off a mound a handful of times this offseason with no issues, so his health is at least trending in the right direction at the moment. However, he's still a big question mark and is owed at least $37.5 million over the next year ($52.5 million if his 2016 option is picked up), so it remains to be seen how much of a market there will be for him.
Feb 6 - 4:10 PM

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