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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
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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

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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

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

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."
Source: MLBlogs.com
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.
Source: MLBBlogs.com
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.
Source: MLBlogs.com
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

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