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Cliff Lee undergoing MRI on left elbow

May 20, 2014, 6:35 PM EDT

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No pitcher is safe from the elbow injury epidemic.

According to’s Jim Salisbury, Phillies ace Cliff Lee underwent an MRI on his left elbow Tuesday after complaining of discomfort. Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer says the veteran ace has been pitching with a flexor pronator strain for three weeks, and now there might be further damage.

Lee tossed 6 2/3 solid innings against the Reds in his last turn through the Phillies’ starting rotation and owns a cool 3.18 ERA with 61 strikeouts in 68 total innings this season. He has never had any major elbow or shoulder issues.

Lee is making a $25 million salary this year and he’s owed another $25 million next year, so Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery (and its 12-15 month recovery process) would be a crushing blow for the Phillies.

  1. spytdi - May 20, 2014 at 7:08 PM


  2. miguelcairo - May 20, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    Is this real life? What is going on?

    The steroid era has nothing on this, this is now the big problem in MLB.

    • mkprz - May 21, 2014 at 8:26 PM

      Maybe it’s the lack of steroids that is doing it?

  3. wilmyers09 - May 20, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    we all know what he is going to happen tommy john gets another pitcher

  4. gothapotamus90210 - May 20, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    if they had any shot to contend, they just went out the window.

    • sportsfan18 - May 21, 2014 at 8:57 AM

      they didn’t have any shot to contend…

      sad to see it happen to him (if that’s what it is though)…

  5. gmfw7 - May 20, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Wow. I was already struggling to remain hopeful of our playoff chances this year, for good reason. Damage to Lee’s UCL will officially end the longest sustained run of competitive baseball in recent phillies’ history and possibly the career of one of the best pitchers of this generation. I’m actually nauseous right now.

  6. mungman69 - May 20, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    Say it ain’t so, Joe.

  7. bronxbomber213 - May 20, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    Man this sucks you hate to see this happen to anyone and it’s sweeping the league this year it’s crazy!!!

    • bronxbomber213 - May 20, 2014 at 10:35 PM

      Excuse my terrible grammer! I’m phone typeing and accidentally hit post! First thumbs down on me!

  8. phillysports1 - May 20, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    Just don’t trade prospect Franco for any elite pitching. Don’t do it RAJ

  9. toodrunktotastethischicken - May 21, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    What is scary is it started WEEKS AGO and the medical staff didn’t do anything about it then.

    • caspermilktoast - May 21, 2014 at 3:31 PM

      How do you know they did nothing for him? Were you there in the locker room – trainers’ room?

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