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Cliff Lee can’t start a throwing program because his elbow still hurts

Jun 3, 2014, 10:51 AM EDT

Cliff Lee AP

For the second straight week Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee has been unable to begin a throwing program because of continued soreness in his elbow.

Lee told Todd Zolecki of MLB.com that his elbow “is getting better” but the soreness “is still there a little bit.”

It’s also worth noting that Lee admitted to pitching through discomfort for several weeks before finally being shut down and placed on the disabled list on May 19, so either this current soreness is much worse or he’s changed his stance about pitching through pain.

Lee had a 3.18 ERA and 61/9 K/BB ratio in 68 innings before going on the shelf, which is pretty remarkable for a 35-year-old who was apparently hurt for a big chunk of that time and logged some big pitch counts over that stretch.

  1. gothapotamus90210 - Jun 3, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    He’s going to need flexor tendon surgery. The same surgery Ben Sheets had twice and ended his career. There is a high correlation between “elbow soreness” and elbow surgery.

    Being a Phillies fan, the factory of sadness is in full swing.

    • blabidibla - Jun 3, 2014 at 11:44 AM

      “There is a high correlation between “elbow soreness” and elbow surgery.”

      That is some solid medical analysis right there. “I concur.”

      • gothapotamus90210 - Jun 3, 2014 at 12:13 PM

        I’ll be sure to send you this post when I’m (unfortunately) correct.

  2. SocraticGadfly - Jun 3, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Maybe Uncle Cliffy doesn’t want to pitch through pain because, like Craig, he knows the Phillies are Phinished?

  3. 12strikes2 - Jun 3, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    “Calling Doctor Andrews, Calling Doctor JAMES ANDREWS. You 4:00 appoint, Mr Lee, is Waiting for you”

  4. blabidibla - Jun 3, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    I think we’ve missed the main point of Zolecki’s post. “It’s getting better.” He plans on joining the team and starting his throwing program next week.

    • gothapotamus90210 - Jun 3, 2014 at 12:11 PM

      Until his elbow is still sore and it’s pushed back another week …

  5. deathmonkey41 - Jun 3, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    I think he’s keeping in shape by continuing to chew gum like a gigantic douche.

    • jwbiii - Jun 3, 2014 at 9:03 PM

      I friend of mine knows him. He says he’s a very nice guy. What does this say about you?

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