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Cliff Lee still feeling pain

Mar 24, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

Mariners’ starter Cliff Lee played catch yesterday and reported continued discomfort in his injured abdomen. The hope was that the few days of rest he’s had would have made things better, but apparently not. Don Wakamatsu put a positive spin on things, saying that he was pleased that Lee “did not feel any sharp pain in there.”

Regardless, Wakamatsu admits that Lee won’t be ready for his first start, which would likely come in Game 2 of the season.

  1. Mark Smith - Mar 24, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    Remember, he’s also suspended for five games. And if you’re the Mariners, do you keep him off the DL in order to burn through the suspension? Take him (presuming he could come back early in the season) with you to Seattle, but because he can’t really pitch in the first five games anyway, the suspension goes away without really hurting you.

  2. Scott - Mar 24, 2010 at 12:04 PM

    I’m pretty sure suspensions don’t take affect until the player is on the active roster – so he would be out 15 days for the DL plus five games for the suspension

  3. Mark Smith - Mar 24, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    But that’s what I’m saying. Put him on the active roster while he’s hurt, which would start his suspension. He would be hurt and unable to pitch anyway. After his suspension (during which he’s hurt), he would be healthy and ready to go, effectively nullifying the suspension. Of course, this doesn’t work if he’s really hurt and would be out for an extended period of time.

  4. Old Gator - Mar 24, 2010 at 1:13 PM

    It’s going to take him at least half a season to get all those horsemeat and velveeta sandwiches out of his system, and for all that cholesterol plaque to break loose from his shoulders and elbows. He should just ask the pitching coach of the SubMariners to stand at the plate and throw at their heads as hard as he can. That’ll pop his adhesions toot sweet.

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