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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Phillies Injury Update: GM Amaro thinks Cliff Lee will be ready to start 2015

By on 9/11/2014 10:30:00 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies fell to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday by the score of 6-3. The loss dropped the Phillies to 67-78, last in the National League East. Age and injuries have taken their toll on the Phillies over the past few seasons. One significant injury was that to starter Cliff Lee, who is out for the season with a left elbow strain he suffered on July 31. The good news is that Lee should be ready for the start of 2015.

As reported by Erik Bacharach of, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said that Lee is looking at early November to begin a throwing program.  Lee was examined on Monday by Dr. Michael Ciccotti and had follow-ups with Dr. James Andrews and Dr. David Altchek. Lee got a platelet-rich plasma injection, which typically takes four to six weeks to begin kicking in.

Amaro says that Lee is improving, but the Phillies aren't going to stray away from their plan with Lee's recovery.
"The plan was to have him start throwing in November. He's not 100 percent ready to throw yet, which we didn't plan on having him be at this point anyway.  Cliff is going to come back for another exam at the very end of the year," Amaro said. "We'll see him one more time at our last home stand, and then he'll continue doing whatever his rehab is up until then. Come back, be examined again, and then we'll go from there."
Lee, in his 13th Major League season, has played for the Indians, Mariners, Rangers and Phillies. In 11 starts this season, he is 4-5 with a 3.65 ERA. Lee's had three consecutive seasons with 200 or more strikeouts and has a career record of 143-91 with a 3.52 ERA.

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