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Cliff Lee appeals suspension, says injury led to poor control

Apr 14, 2010, 9:33 PM EDT

Cliff Lee got his day in court on Wednesday, and he certainly can’t complain about being shortchanged on time.

The Mariners left-hander spoke with baseball executives for two-plus hours via conference call as he appealed the five-game suspension he was handed for throwing a pitch over the head of Arizona’s Chris Snyder during a spring training game.

The incident occurred after Lee had collided with Snyder earlier in the game. Lee suffered a strained abdomen on the play (which put him on the disabled list), and he cited the injury as a reason for his lack of control in that game.

Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times writes that Lee had been struggling with his command early in spring training anyway, and provides some convincing video evidence from one of Lee’s simulated games. At least I’m sure it was convincing to the minor leaguer he drilled in the back.

Hey, who wants to help Cliff out with his simulated game? You? Great! Just don’t crowd the plate.



A decision on Lee’s appeal is expected to come in the next couple days. Of more importance, Lee could return to action in late April or early May.

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  1. Ryan - Apr 14, 2010 at 10:39 PM

    I love this video angle. I wish we got to see something similar more often. That ball four pitch to the first batter, looks like a 2 seam fastball, and even though it was wide, from this angle you can see how much movement that pitch has on it. Something we don’t get to see often.

  2. Moses Green - Apr 15, 2010 at 8:12 AM

    Having conducted my own forensic analysis of the video, I’ve concluded from the angle and intensity of the sunlight that this video was in fact shot *after* the Chris Snyder incident and then “leaked” to bolster Lee’s claim. Kudos to the kid who stood in and got drilled, that may have been the 6th or 7th time he had to get hit. The hard part is not to flinch when you know it’s coming, but I think he did a good job.

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