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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Phillies Injury Update: Cliff Lee expected to be ready for spring training

By on 11/11/2014 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 is expected to be ready for spring training following an elbow injury.

I reported at the beginning of October that Lee had an MRI on his left elbow which showed that his flexor tendon is healing well. He'll was scheduled to start a throwing program in November with hopes of being ready by Spring Training.

Joel Sherman, baseball columnist for the New York Post, tweeted the following on Lee.
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.

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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  1. Lee needs to be completely healthy. He cannot rush himself back.