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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Phillies Injury Update: Cliff Lee shut down for rest of season

By on 8/07/2014 09:30:00 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Houston Astros last night by the score of 10-3. Ben Revere went 4-for-5 and Chase Utley went 2-for-4 including a three-run home run to improve the Phillies to 51-63 on the season. It's been a long season for the Phillies, who are 11 games out in the National League East. The is some bad, but not unexpected news on pitcher Cliff Lee, who has been shut down for the remainder of the season.

I reported on August 1 that 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.  He was then placed on the 15-day disabled list.

An update on Lee, as reported by Todd Zolecki, who covers the Phillies for, is that Lee's sason is finished. His locker was completely cleared inside the Phillies' clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park before yesterday's game against the Astros.  Lee has a Grade 2 flexor pronator strain and although he doesn't need surgery, is out for the season. He'll rest his elbow for about two weeks before being re-evaluated.

General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said that Lee will start a throwing program in October or November and is hopeful that Lee will be ready for next season.

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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