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Friday, August 1, 2014

Phillies Injury Update: Cliff Lee hits DL after leaving early

By on 8/01/2014 05:30:00 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Washington Nationals on Thursday by the score of 10-4. The win improved the Phillies to 48-61 on the season. The Phillies pounded out 17 hits off Nationals' pitching and used seven pitchers in the win. Cliff Lee started the game, but left after just 2 2/3 innings with an injury to his left elbow. It's entirely possible that Lee has thrown his last pitch of the 2014 season, with the Phillies immediately placing him on the DL on Thursday night, as's Todd Zolecki tweeted:

As reported by Jim Salisbury of, Lee left his start against the Washington Nationals with a recurrence of the left elbow strain that sideline him for two months earlier in the season. After throwing his 31st pitch of the night, he shook his head, waved his arms that he was finished and gestured towards his left elbow. The concern now is also what may happen to Lee next season. If he needs surgery, he could miss time next season as well.

Lee, in his 13th Major League season, is 4-5 with a 3.65 ERA in 13 starts.  Last season, Lee was 14-8 with a 2.87 ERA. In 222 2/3 innings, he struck out 222 and walked only 32.  The veteran has pitched for the Indians, Mariners, Rangers and Phillies and has a career record of 143-91 with an ERA of 3.52.

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