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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Phillies Injury Update: Cliff Lee to start throwing next week

By on 11/25/2014 06:00:00 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies are clearly in a rebuilding mode following their second straight 73-win season. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has made it clear that he'll listen to offers for any player, including aging core veterans that helped the Phillies win a World Series six years ago. One player who could command a lot in a trade is Cliff Lee, who has been cleared to start throwing and will begin his off season regimen next week. He should be ready for the start of spring training in February.

I reported on November 11 that Lee, who was scheduled to start a throwing program this month, should be ready for spring training following his elbow injury.

An update on Lee, s reported by Jim Salisbury of, is that Lee was medically cleared by team doctor Michael Ciccotti last week and will start his off season throwing program next Monday. Although Lee was originally scheduled to start throwing earlier in the month, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. is still confident Lee will be ready for the start of spring training on February 19.
 “His strength is back now. His elbow feels good. He’s pain-free and doing great, ready to begin his normal throwing program on December 1.”
Because of Lee's injury, it's unlikely he will be traded this winter.  If Lee can come back healthy and pitch well, expect him to be another Phillie on the trading block, possibly moving before the trade deadline next season.
“I think he wants to win and I think he wants to be on a club that wants to win,” Amaro said. “Much like others I’ve spoken to he’d rather be in that position here, but we’re in a different stage. But just like anyone else, Cliff will pitch and I expect him to pitch like a champion. Our minds are open on everything.”
Lee made only 13 starts this season and was 4-5 with a 3.65 ERA. In 81 innings, he allowed 100 hits and 12 walks, while striking out 72. Prior to 2014, Lee had been very durable, logging 200 or more innings in five-consecutive seasons. The 13-year Major League veteran has a career record of 143-91 with 1824 strikeouts and a 3.52 ERA

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