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Cliff Lee coming back from mild side strain

Feb 20, 2011, 6:42 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com spoke with Phillies officials. They say that Lee is “100 percent healthy” and will throw to live hitters as expected on Tuesday.

6:42 PM: The Phillies revealed Sunday that Cliff Lee developed soreness in his side while throwing at home before reporting to camp and is a bit behind the Phillies’ other pitchers.

“He was diagnosed with a mild strain,” GM Ruben Amaro told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “We shut him down for a week and now he’s right back on time. We’re probably being a little cautious with him, but he feels great now and he should be fine.”

Caution is certainly recommended, given that Lee opened both the 2007 and 2010 seasons on the disabled list because of abdominal strains. The Phillies didn’t go into detail about exactly where the current strain was, other to say it’s somewhere in his side.

Lee, of course, signed a five-year, $120 million contract with the Phillies back in December. He’s expected to be the team’s No. 2 starter, though that hasn’t been confirmed yet. He could always be pushed back in the rotation in order to give him a little extra time to recovery.

  1. Reflex - Feb 20, 2011 at 11:02 PM

    If they were smart they’d make him the fifth starter. Yeah you get less out of him per season, but you have a legit shot of him actually making it through his contract….

  2. goawaydog - Feb 20, 2011 at 11:32 PM

    and then there were three ….

  3. dirtyharry1971 - Feb 21, 2011 at 12:16 AM

    Gonna be fun watching this so called “can’t miss team” flop starting with this fool

    • bigxrob - Feb 21, 2011 at 8:27 AM

      I think you may have made a wrong turn on your way to PFT…

  4. skerney - Feb 21, 2011 at 2:08 AM

    Halladay will be Halladay, Oswalt will be Oswalt, Blanton will be Blanton. Let’s see which Hamels shows up. Ibanez, Rollins, and Utley will continue to decline. Ruiz will be Ruiz. Howard will strike out 200 times and be nothing against lefties. Right field will be a mess. Victorino will be insubordinate. Lee will bounce between the DL, shutouts, and more DL. Phillies fans will lose it when everyone says the Braves are gaining. They’ll walk away with the division and lose to SF again in the NLCS. Almost exactly like last year. Except Polanco won’t be hurt or as good.

    • mercyflush - Feb 21, 2011 at 7:19 AM

      Victorino will be insubordinate?

  5. Jonny 5 - Feb 21, 2011 at 8:11 AM

    Ahhhh, the hate. Let the games begin……

    BTW, Jimmy rollins isn’t the only person flapping their gums about the Phills winning more than 100 games this season, maybe even pushing that Seattle record. Who was the GM of that Seattle team again back then??? Hmmm? the name escapes me right now, oh yeah Pat Gillick was. And he’s saying just that..

    http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/phillies/20110221_Paul_Hagen__Gillick__On_paper__Phillies_better_than_116-win_Mariners_team.html

  6. phukyouk - Feb 21, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    before last season the mariners were the best team on paper…. im just saying….

    • Jonny 5 - Feb 21, 2011 at 11:12 AM

      nuuu-uhhhhhhh….

      • uyf1950 - Feb 21, 2011 at 6:08 PM

        Jonny 5 – doesn’t this however slight side strain give you pause. I remember many a posters (not necessarily you) comments during the FA bidding for Lee commenting on his durability or shall I say lack of durability and injury history. He hasn’t even begun his 5 year $120MM contract (potentially 6 year $147.5MM contract if vested). Just wondering what your thoughts are. I’m sure muscle strains at this time of the preseason are not that uncommon but….

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