Skip to content

UPDATE: Cliff Lee doubtful to make next start

Sep 4, 2010, 4:41 PM EDT

UPDATE: According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Rangers called off Cliff Lee’s bullpen session after he felt some discomfort in his back while throwing off flat ground.

He’ll play catch again Sunday with the intention of throwing a bullpen session. There’s still a chance he’ll pitch Tuesday, but it doesn’t sound likely, at least according to what Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said.

“He noted improvement today,” Daniels said. “He would like to pitch Tuesday, but we’ll probably err on the side of caution.”

Rich Harden and Scott Feldman are candidates to start Tuesday if Lee is unable to pitch.

2:57 PM: Cliff Lee skipped a scheduled bullpen session Saturday, according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com.

Lee was able to play catch on flat ground under the supervision of Rangers trainer Jamie Reed, but obviously something wasn’t quite right. The left-hander he received an injection for lower back stiffness earlier this week and admitted Friday that his back has been bothering him for “a couple of weeks.”

Gee, really? Lee posted an outstanding 2.63 ERA through his first six starts as a member of the Rangers, but has an 8.28 ERA over his last five outings and has failed to complete six innings in each of his last three.

According to Sullivan, Lee may try to throw again tomorrow, however Rich Harden will likely replace him if he is unable to start Tuesday.

Featured video

Three legends off to Cooperstown
Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. H. Street (3577)
  2. T. Tulowitzki (3427)
  3. R. Howard (3014)
  4. C. Headley (2947)
  5. H. Ramirez (2860)
  1. Y. Puig (2859)
  2. B. Belt (2772)
  3. M. Trout (2590)
  4. C. Lee (2570)
  5. J. Soria (2300)