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Cliff Lee placed on DL with recurrence of flexor pronator strain

Jul 31, 2014, 11:19 PM EDT

Cliff Lee AP AP

UPDATE: Lee has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.

8:39 p.m. ET: According to Jim Salisbury of, Lee has aggravated his flexor pronator strain. It’s probably safe to say that his season is over.

You can watch video of Lee leaving the game here. It’s really quite sad to watch. You can see the frustration and disappointment written all over him.

8:11 p.m ET: No trades for the Phillies today and now this: Cliff Lee was forced to exit his start against the Nationals tonight in the third inning with an apparent arm injury.

Lee gestured toward the dugout after throwing an 85 mph cutter to essentially let the training staff know that he was done. As Jim Salisbury of notes, the veteran left-hander also pointed toward his elbow, which is a bad sign considering he just missed two months with a flexor pronator strain. He was rather emotional in the dugout after leaving the game, so it doesn’t look good, but we’re still waiting on official word.

Lee, 35, is still owned nearly $46 million through 2015. This includes $25 million for next season and a $12.5 million buyout on a $27.5 million club option for 2016.

  1. phillysports1 - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    And here comes the trash talk lol…

    • okwhitefalcon - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:20 PM

      Amaro will probably extend Lee for sure now….

      • fbwangus8736 - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:38 PM

        I had that same thought!

    • lukedunphysscienceproject - Aug 1, 2014 at 10:55 AM

      It’s good that you can laugh about it. Most fans whose team employed the worst GM in the history of the sport, and also formerly employed perhaps the second worst GM in the history of pro sports (Ed Wade), would have a harder time maintaining a sense of humor.

      • paqza - Aug 1, 2014 at 12:02 PM

        Ed Wade was definitely better than Omar Minaya, for sure.

  2. mcdall20 - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    “Ruin tomorrow” came a day early! Big question is who does Reuben have pictures of so that he’s still employed?

  3. skerney - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    If you have the mlb at bat app watch the video. Even if you don’t like the Phils it’s sad.

  4. phillysports1 - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    I’m currently watching the game. That’s a shame .. But good to see the Mighty Old Phil’s send Gio to the showers early ! Lol

  5. proudlycanadian - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    Ouch! Sad to see.

  6. rbj1 - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    What a stand up guy Reuben is, not wanting to trade a guy who might break down at any second. Wouldn’t be fair to the other team.

    That sarcasm font is installed, right?

    • schmedley69 - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:06 PM

      No one was going to trade for him anyway until he proved that he was completely healthy.

      • jwbiii - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:51 PM

        There’s been a lot of chatter recently that Lee would be a good August waiver trade candidate if he could reestablish health and value. Can’t really blame this one on Amaro. Except for the contract, I guess.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:53 AM

        You are probably right – but talk about an exclamation point on a day that is just mind blowing!

        Can you imagine what the blow back is going to be if it surfaces that some team was going to trade a prospect for Lee, if the Phillies at a good chunk of salary?

  7. greymares - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    Cliff seemed to have it going before that pitch too

  8. geejon - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    Still can’t believe the Dodgers gave them a get-out-of-jail-free card with that Lee waiver claim in 2012 and Amaro couldn’t work something out to get the hell out of that deal. Unreal.

  9. courtjester1234 - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    Looking forward to the next few months when the eagles and flyers are playing. Even looking forward to a losing Sixers season. You know why? Effort. Plain and simple. Show me effort and I’ll pay attention. This team is in line to get a huge tv deal and I have a feeling it’s gonna go into some pockets, due to past success

    • bleedgreen - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:06 PM

      Have you been asleep? They did their TV deal this past offseason. $2.5Billion over 25 years.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:58 AM

      The Sixers lost 26 in a row, and the NBA is currently about to revise the draft lottery simply because the Sixers are planning to NOT draft players that will make an impact next year. Seriously. look it up.

      The Sixers have said repeatedly that last season was perfectly fine with them. Effort? Does this sound like effort to you:

      In short, the team is positioned to have one of the worst 2014-15 records in the league on the heels of a 19-63 season that included a 26-game losing streak. In addition to developing and identifying young players, the 76ers went into this plan believing it would give them a better chance at the highest picks in the 2015 draft, as well.

      It is something they have not made a secret, which is why the potential lottery changes have made the team feel like it is being targeted.

      “I think the season has been a huge success for us,” 76ers owner Josh Harris said in April.

      • pardontheerruption - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:30 AM

        The Sixers are in better shape losing 26 games in a row then Phillies are. Booben Amaro thinks fans actually like the circus they are trotting out there every game when in fact the attendance says otherwise. At least the Sixers know where they are going with young talent that will only get better…The Phillies are run by maybe the worst current front office in ALL OF SPORTS. They are the laughing stock of the sports world right now, congrats @DelawarePhilliesFan.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:55 AM

        To start with your last point – what are you congratulating me for? The Phillies demise? I don’t work for them, nor am I happy with it.

        Not going to debate who is better then who, because that was not even what I was talking about. I’m saying a team that calls a 19-63 season a huge success, and is currently a league pariah for refusing to improve next year is not what I call effort.

  10. jrbdmb - Aug 1, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    We can blame Amaro for not getting rid of him last year when it made sense.

    • toodrunktotastethischicken - Aug 1, 2014 at 12:27 AM

      It was the same B.S excuse last year, the offers they received weren’t good enough. This clown needs to go.

  11. mypoohbear2013 - Aug 1, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    ruben didnt want to trade him last year. he wanted to keep him for this year’s playoff run. oops. better to trade players too soon rather than too late. I guess pat gillick didnt teach ruben that

  12. joeyb3878 - Aug 1, 2014 at 12:35 AM

    When it rains it pours

    • Paper Lions - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:51 AM

      Sure, but this is rather like going on vacation go Bangladesh during soon without an umbrella and then complaining about the rain.

  13. dsaverno - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:24 AM

    When RAJ heard about Cliff Lee having trouble in his left arm, he said, “whew. That’s a relief. At least it wasn’t his pitching arm.”

    And pa = ab.

  14. Youknowimright - Aug 1, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Paging Dr. Andrews, Dr. James Andrews. Cliff Lee’s career came to an end last night.

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