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Cliff Lee still has some elbow soreness and isn’t ready to throw

May 26, 2014, 8:14 PM EDT

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At the very least, we can say that Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee will not be ready to return from the disabled list when he’s first eligible, as Jim Salisbury of reports that he’s still feeling some soreness in his elbow and hasn’t been cleared to resume throwing.

Lee was placed on the disabled list after his last start on May 18 due to a Grade 1-2 strain of his flexor-pronator tendon. The veteran southpaw was examined by team medical personnel today, after which Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. said that he’s “improved,” but just “not ready.” The plan calls for him to be reevaluated in three days.

Prior to the injury, Lee had a very typical 3.18 ERA and 61/9 K/BB ratio in 68 innings across 10 starts. The 35-year-old has been mentioned a possible trade candidate if (or when) the Phillies fall out of things, but he’ll obviously have to prove his health and effectiveness before there’s any chance of that. He’s making $25 million this season and another $25 million next year.

  1. musketmaniac - May 26, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    phils will be 20 back before this guy gets the mound again.

    • sportsfan18 - May 26, 2014 at 9:02 PM

      yeah, I mean all baseball fans could see this coming, even two seasons ago… they were aging and still signed for more years…

      Their descent was gradual but it was STILL a descent…

      2011 102 wins
      2012 81 wins
      2013 73 wins

      My point is that it wasn’t just one bad season. They were exactly .500 two years ago and then followed it up with a clunker.

      Yes, somehow Utley is playing well this year, so far. Resigning him was not smart and may yet NOT pan out.

      Rollins, Howard and Utley have already peaked.

      Doc was great and we all age differently. His version of Father Time was simply running right into a brick wall. No slow transition for 3 to 4 years, just gone.

      Cole is talented but seems to do well for a while and then have stretches where he doesn’t. Not the consistency like Doc had.

      Cliffy has never really had arm issues, but he is getting up there in age now.

      And it doesn’t matter if the are 10 out, 15 out or 20 out… they are NOT going to contend this year or next year either.

      Much work needs to be done.

      The Tigers were on their way to becoming the new Phillies. But they got the Rangers to take Prince’s contract from them (after ponying up $30 million worth of tasty water to help them swallow the remaining portion). Then they didn’t resign Max long tern.

      Had Prince still been there, had they signed Max last season then still resigned Miggy, they all would be older in a few years and all still signed and for tons of money.

      The Tigers are doing OK so far but if they aren’t careful, in 2018, 2019 they could be like the Phillies were last year and this year…

    • greymares - May 27, 2014 at 6:32 AM

      on a given year you might be right but in this sorry arse division with all teams very mediocre they will be in it all season. the key is he is healthy enough to trade by the deadline.

  2. rbj1 - May 26, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    Just go ahead and have the Tommy John. Be back after the ASB next year.

  3. roundballsquarebox24 - May 26, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    Just a heads up to whom it may concern: I know it’s still early, but Ryu is taking a perfecto into the 6th right now against the Reds.

    • renaado - May 26, 2014 at 9:37 PM

      No wonder he’s called “Monster” Ryu Hyun Jin in South Korea.

      • roundballsquarebox24 - May 26, 2014 at 9:41 PM

        Perfect through six. Taking into the 7th. And he has only thrown 68 pitches (including a 10-pitch at bat!)

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