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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Phillies Injury Update: Cliff Lee continues to progress

By on 6/21/2014 08:00:00 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday by the score of 5-1. John Mayberry Jr. went 2-for-4 and Marlon Byrd had a home run for the Phillies. The win was the fifth straight for the Phillies and their ninth in their last 11, to move to 34-38 on the season. Although still in fourth place in the National League East, the Philies are just 3 1/2 games out of first place. On the injury front, pitcher Cliff Lee continues to progress, although there is still no timetable for his return.

I reported on June 17 that Lee threw a bullpen session for the first time since landing on the disabled list. An update on Lee, as reported by Jim Salisbury of, was that Lee threw another bullpen session on Friday. He threw a mixture of mostly fast balls and a few change ups, totaling 30 pitches.  Lee continues to make progress and will make this third bullpen session in a few days.

Although he still feels something in the area of the flexor-pronator tendon, Lee insists that there's no pain and it's getting better. He's looking to get up to around 90 pitches when he returns.

The return of Lee should be a major boost to a Phillies' team that will look to make a playoff push in the second half of the season. The next few weeks will determine whether or not the Phillies will be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline.  If the Phillies continue to play as they have over the last eleven games, they could be buyers. If they are sellers, Lee could be one on the block. 

Lee, in his 13th Major League season, has pitched for the Indians, Mariners, Rangers and Phillies. Last season, he had a record of 14-8 with a 2.87 ERA.  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.  In 2,143 1/3 innings, he's struck out 1,813 and walked only 416.

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