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Cliff Lee throws bullpen, says something is “still there” in left elbow

Jun 20, 2014, 6:55 PM EDT

Cliff Lee AP

Per Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY, Phillies starter Cliff Lee threw a bullpen on Friday evening. The lefty says he feels better, but that something is “still there“, referring to the discomfort in his left elbow. Lee’s goal is to return before the All-Star break, according to Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly.

Lee, 35, posted a 3.18 ERA with a 61/9 K/BB ratio in 68 innings for the Phillies. He was believed to be the Phillies’ best trade chip prior to the injury, but he is earning $25 million both in 2014 and ’15, and has a $27.5 million club option with a $12.5 million buyout, so the Phillies would have had to eat a significant portion of his remaining salary. Now, the Phillies hope he can return and put on a good show leading up to the August 31 waiver deadline or contribute to an improbable playoff run in a weak NL East.

Lee said last September that he plans to retire when his contract runs out.

  1. greymares - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    The Phillies have 2 trade able players on the 25. John Mayberry Jr. and Kyle Kendrick. nobody will pay for Lee or Howard or Papelbon. nobody wants Brown or Revere. Rollins and Utley arent going anywhere because they don’t want to, they love where they live they are well paid and it’s guaranteed. I guess you could trade Ruiz or Byrd but your return would be minimal. the fact is they’re 4 games out of in a terrible division nobody’s playing over their head so there’s no reason they can’t win this division.

    • scotttheskeptic - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:59 PM

      I agree the Phillies do not have many sellable assets, and have previously stated so in these comments (usually to many thumbs down). I also expressed a feeling 8 days ago that we would not see Cliff Lee on the mound again, again to many thumbs down.

  2. aphillieated - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:46 PM

  3. lancer255 - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    You think John Mayberry and KK are tradeable??? What are you smoking

  4. lancer255 - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    What does Lee’s contract have anything to do about his injury?!

  5. courtjester1234 - Jun 21, 2014 at 5:45 AM

    Seriously? Kendrick? Mayberry? As an opposing team I don’t feel either is the type that will make a difference to my team. I don’t know if Kyle is even a Joe Blanton.

  6. dan1111 - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:35 AM

    “Cliff Lee threw a bullpen”

    How far did he throw it? Is that really appropriate for someone just coming off of injury?

    On the other hand, I’m glad “something is still there”. I hear that the complete lack of an elbow is a serious impediment to pitching.

  7. zdravit - Jun 22, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    Is it alive? Can you talk to it?

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