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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

Domonic Brown is not in the Phillies' lineup Friday because he's ill.

It helps to explain why he's sat out three straight games. Grady Sizemore is also playing well, making it easy to keep him in there. Brown should be ready to play sometime over the weekend.
Aug 1 - 5:00 PM

Domonic Brown is not in the Phillies' lineup Friday for the third straight game.

Brown is healthy, so this is a benching. The Phillies have been facing a righty in two of those games (including Friday), so it's not an encouraging development for the 26-year-old. Grady Sizemore is in left field for the third straight game.
Aug 1 - 3:53 PM

Grady Sizemore went 3-for-5 with a two-run double and an RBI single in Thursday's win over the Nationals.

Sizemore has done nothing but hit since joining the Phillies. Thursday's outing brings his slash line up to .328/.359/.459 in 64 plate appearances. He has a home run and five RBI to go along with it. The Phillies can still trade Marlon Byrd at any point in August, but until then, Sizemore will be sharing playing time in left and center field with Domonic Brown and Ben Revere, respectively.
Jul 31 - 11:41 PM

Jimmy Rollins had a three-hit night at the plate along with an RBI and a pair of stolen bases in five trips to the plate in Thursday's win against the Nationals.

Rollins now has 21 stolen bases on the season, leaving him five home runs shy of a 20/20 season. The 35-year-old has been more than adequate, slashing .245/.325/.409 with 49 RBI.
Jul 31 - 11:38 PM

Ben Revere finished with four hits and a stolen base in six at-bats as the Phillies handily defeated the Nationals on Thursday.

Thursday's game didn't start off so well, as Cliff Lee quickly exited with an injury, but Revere did his best out of the lead-off spot to ensure a victory. It's Revere's third four-hit game of the season, and the stolen base brings him up to 30 on the season in 34 opportunities. Acknowledging his total lack of power, Revere has done his job at the plate thus far, slashing .306/.326/.366.
Jul 31 - 11:33 PM

David Buchanan is expected to be recalled next week to take Cliff Lee's (elbow) spot in the Phillies' rotation.

Buchanan was the most logical candidate and just happened to pitch at Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Thursday. He's posted a 4.40 ERA over 10 starts in the majors this season and can be avoided for fantasy purposes.
Jul 31 - 11:28 PM

Phillies recalled LHP Cesar Jimenez from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

He's taking Cliff Lee's (elbow) spot on the roster. Jimenez will likely only be up for a few days until the Phillies need a starter.
Jul 31 - 11:24 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

Marlon Byrd is in the Phillies' lineup on Thursday.

Which is a strong indication that he will not be traded by Thursday's 4 p.m. ET deadline. Byrd is under contract through 2015 (with a vesting option for 2016) so the Phillies weren't going to deal him without getting something fairly significant in return.
Jul 31 - 3:20 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports the Phillies and Royals are discussing an A.J. Burnett trade.

"No indication that [a] deal is close," Rosenthal adds. It remains to be seen if Kansas City is amenable to assuming Burnett's player option for 2015, which could pay him as much as $14.25 million if he makes 32 starts. ESPN's Jayson Stark reported earlier this week that the Phillies are telling interested clubs they expect Burnett to retire, and Burnett (4.15 ERA) has echoed that sentiment to teammates. If the Royals expect to remain in contention, they need to improve their rotation somehow. This would help.
Jul 31 - 11:30 AM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is hearing the Yankees have talked to the Phillies about Marlon Byrd, but nothing is close at present.

Byrd has been a popular name as the trade deadline approaches, and the Yankees are among the teams that have been linked to the 36-year-old in recent days. Heyman hears the club isn't wild about Byrd's $8 million contract in 2015, though -- a possible sticking point for a deal. Byrd is hitting .270/.318/.477 with 20 home runs this season and would no doubt provide a boost to the Bronx Bombers' offense.
Jul 30 - 10:25 PM


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