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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Phillies Injury Update: Cliff Lee not cleared to begin throwing

By on 5/27/2014 10:00:00 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies bounced back after the no-hitter at the hands of Josh Beckett on Sunday with a 9-0 shutout of the Colorado Rockies. The Phillies got three hits from both Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, who hit his eighth home run of the season and drove in five runs. Kyle Kendrick picked up his first win of the season. With the positive news on the win came some disturbing news on pitcher Cliff Lee, who is dealing with a left elbow strain and has not been cleared to begin throwing.

As reported by Marc Naducci of The Philadelphia Inquirer,  Lee was placed on the disabled list a week ago. He had experienced discomfort for about a month but the pain increased during his last outing on May 18.  The Phillies said Lee would be re-evaluated in three days.
"They decided to let me wait [until] I have no symptoms to start throwing. I pretty much agree with that and it makes sense. If I felt good today it would be another week or so and hopefully I could come back after the 15 days is up. But now it looks like it is going to be longer than that."
Lee said he could see some progress, although the discomfort is still there. He said he won't start throwing until he can perform all tests on his elbow without any discomfort.  The Phillies, who are 22-26 and five games back in the National League East, need Lee to be healthy to have any chance of making a run down the road.

Lee, in his 13th Major League season, has pitched for the Indians, Mariners, Rangers and Phillies. In 10 games this season, he is 4-4 with a 3.18 ERA.  In 325 career games, Lee is 143-90 with a 3.50 ERA.

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