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33 Cliff Lee SP
Height/Weight: 6-3/205 | Birthdate: 8/30/1978 | Birthplace: Benton, AR | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Philadelphia | College: Arkansas | MLB Experience: 13 | Salary: $25,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 18/0 | Average Draft Position: 163.58
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Phillies' Cliff Lee shut down, placed on 60-day DL with forearm strain


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2015) Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee was unable to throw Sunday or Monday, and was placed on the 60-day disabled list with a left forearm strain -- the same injury that had the veteran left-hander on the shelf twice last season. He will be shut down indefinitely, and brought back to Philadelphia periodically to be evaluated.

Although Lee was recommended by doctors to have surgery, he and the Phillies have mutually decided to try for the third time to take a non-surgical approach to his rehab, with the hopes to prolong his career. Surgery would keep the 36-year-old out for the entirety of the season, and likely end his career.


Phillies' Cliff Lee doesn't throw Sunday, feels 'pretty good'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2015) Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee (elbow) didn't throw Sunday but indicated that his injured elbow feels "pretty good," MLB.com reports.

"[Lee] said his arm felt pretty good," pitching coach Bob McClure said. "He just doesn't want to push it. That's what he told me."

Lee is dealing with a torn commor flexor tendon in his elbow but is attempting to pitch through the injury. If he can't, it may signal the end of his career, as surgery would sideline him for the entire season.


Nothing new yet with Cliff Lee, still pitching with elbow discomfort


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2015) Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said Friday starting pitcher Cliff Lee threw again Thursday, per MLB.com. However, Proefrock didn't have a positive update, as he said the discomfort in Lee’s left elbow remained.

Phillies' Cliff Lee throws Wednesday, but discomfort lingers


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2015) Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee, who has a small tear in the common flexor tendon of his throwing arm, threw a bullpen session Wednesday.

Although, Lee did appear to feel slightly encouraged after throwing Wednesday.

"It does feel a little better," he said. "There's still something there, but it's not bad. So if it stays the way it is, I think I will be good. Time will tell."


Phillies' Cliff Lee has small tear in flexor tendon


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2015) An MRI has confirmed that Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee has a small tear in the common flexor tendon of his throwing arm, MLB.com reports.

"We’re not terribly optimistic but there is still possibility he can come back and throw with a minimal amount of discomfort," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said, per The News Journal.

If he cannot pitch through the injury, surgery would be the next step, and he would need six-to-eight months to recover. Lee said Monday that if he needed surgery on the elbow, it could mean the end of his career.

Lee made just 13 starts last season and elected not to undergo surgery on the injured elbow after three doctors told him he had upwards of a 90 percent chance to heal by rest. It was Lee's first season failing to pitch at least 200 innings since 2007. He went 4-5 with a 3.65 ERA and 72:12 K:BB ratio in 81 1/3 innings in 13 starts in 2014.


Phillies' Cliff Lee: If needed, elbow surgery could be career-ending


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee said Monday that if he needs surgery on his injured elbow, it would likely end his season and possibly his career, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

"It would be 6-8 months out," Lee said. "So basically if I have the surgery this season will be done. Possibly my career I guess. I don't know. We'll have to see."

Lee said he "felt a little something" in his elbow Friday, the day after his spring debut, in the same place where he dealt with an injury last season, and that it had been months since he felt any pain.

"And it was really mild, but, it’s just concerning because I knew what it turned into last year, and I just wanted to be open. I wasn’t trying to hide anything," Lee said. "I truly felt nothing for months and then all of a sudden there it is after the first time I pitch in a game. I was open and honest with our trainers and hoped to nip it in the bud as quick as we can and hope that it’s just a little twinge or something from really cranking it up the first time in a while."

Lee made just 13 starts last season and did not undergo surgery on the elbow after three doctors told him he'd have an "upper-90 percent chance" to heal by rest.


Phillies SP Cliff Lee dealing with elbow discomfort


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee is dealing with discomfort in his pitching elbow, the team announced.

Lee said he felt "normal" after throwing 22 pitches in his spring debut Thursday. He missed the final two months of last season with elbow issues but said he had no uncertainty about the elbow following Thursday's outing.

Lee felt something in the elbow Friday, and an MRI showed mild inflammation, The News Journal reports. He will be held out of his next start due to the flexor pronator issue, which was the same injury that he dealt with last season.

Lee will likely begin to throw again Monday, and he "will progress his throwing program as tolerated," per the team's statement. The MRI has been sent to Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion.

Lee went 4-5 with a 3.65 ERA and 72:12 K:BB ratio in 81 1/3 innings in 2014.


Phillies SP Cliff Lee having no doubts coming off elbow injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2015) Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee appeared to be brimming with confidence Thursday, as he said following his first start since missing the final two months of the 2014 season due to an elbow injury that everything is "so far, so good."

While some folks still might have some doubt regarding the 36-year-old's durability moving forward, Lee has no such doubts.

"I don't have any uncertainty," Lee said, per The Philadelphia Daily News. "I definitely have confidence and expect to go out there and be successful, and I'm doing everything I can to prevent something like that from happening again. That's really all I can do. There's no worry or uncertainty or anything like that. I'm just going to go out there and be confident and expect to have success and not really even think about it, to be honest with you."

Lee threw only 22 pitches (16 strikes) in two innings Thursday in his spring debut. He still has a long ways to go in getting back to his previous form, but Lee is confident it will happen.

"As a starting pitcher, you've got to go out there and throw a hundred-and-some-odd pitches, get deep into games to do your job effectively," Lee said. "Personally, until I do that I don't think that I've proven that I can do that yet. I don't have any doubts, but still you have to build up to do that and prove you can do that . . . I don't think anyone is going to know that I can do that until I go out there and show it."


Phillies' Lee (elbow) says he 'feels normal' following spring debut


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee threw in a game Thursday against the Astros for the first time since suffering an elbow injury July 31, and the veteran left-hander had a pretty decent outing in his spring debut.

Lee needed just 22 pitches (16 strikes) to get through two scoreless innings. He allowed a single in each inning, while issuing no walks and recording no strikeouts. He got four outs on grounders.

"I don't even know how many pitches I threw, but I think it was fine," Lee said, per The Journal News. "I was able to throw some fastballs, mixed in a couple offspeed pitches and got through it with two zeroes, so that's a good thing.

"It feels normal. So far so good."


Phillies' Cliff Lee to start Thursday's Grapefruit League game


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2015) Phillies pitching coach Bob McClure announced that pitcher Cliff Lee is slated to start in Thursday's Grapefruit League game against the Astros, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer

Lee strained his elbow in 2014 and missed the final two months of the regular season. He's scheduled to pitch two innings in Thursday's start. 

“He’s thrown well," McClure said. "He feels really good, so he’s right on schedule.”


Phillies SP Cliff Lee (elbow) faces hitters for first time since late July


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2015) On Wednesday, Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee (elbow) threw to hitters for the first time since his last start on July 31. According to the Philadelphia Daily News, the veteran left-handed pitcher declared himself ready to pitch when the exhibition season starts next week, though that may be up to the medical staff.

"Yeah, I think so," Lee said. "But I don't know what the schedule says. I know we discussed just easing into it, making sure we don’t do anything stupid early. I had two days in between bullpens, where everyone else had a day. (We're just) trying to make sure you're better safe than sorry early. But everything feels good."


Phillies' Sandberg: Cliff Lee has had 'no complaints' about elbow


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2015) Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee continues to progress in his rehab from an elbow injury, which limited him to 13 starts in 2014, according to manager Ryne Sandberg. Although, Sandberg said an upper respiratory illness has been an issue recently for the veteran left-handed pitcher.

"The way that Cliff's program has gone since he started throwing in the first part of December, he's got no complaints and he's pretty much where he usually is," Sandberg said, per The News Journal. "So far, so good. We'll keep an eye on him with his sides and his outings."


Report: Phillies could be ready to trade Cliff Lee in spring training


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/6/2015) One executive who spoke with the Phillies told ESPN columnist Jayson Stark that Philadelphia could trade Cliff Lee as early as spring training, if he proves healthy.

Lee missed the final months of the 2014 season due to an elbow injury, but early reports are that he is progressing well and expected to be ready for spring training.

The four-time All-Star Lee will be entering his 14th MLB season in 2015. He is entering the final guaranteed season of a five-year, $120 million contract. He has a $27.5 million vesting option for 2016, which includes a $12.5 million buyout, if he makes it to 200 innings in 2015, per Baseball-Reference.com.


Phillies GM Amaro: No issues during Cliff Lee's mound return


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/20/2015) Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. said pitcher Cliff Lee has recently thrown off a mound three to four times and reported no issues, reports MLB.com.

Lee injured his elbow in July, but he is expected to be ready to pitch in spring training.


Phillies GM Amaro: Cliff Lee nearing return to mound


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. said Friday that pitcher Cliff Lee is a week to a week-and-a-half away from throwing off a mound, the Philadelphia Daily News reports.

Lee was cleared to begin his offseason throwing program in November and remains on track to be ready by spring training. He went 4-5 with a 3.65 ERA and 72:12 K:BB ratio in 81 1/3 innings over 13 starts in 2014.


Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee beginning offseason throwing program


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee has started his offseason throwing program and is expected to be ready for the beginning of spring training, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Monday.

"He's got no issues," Amaro said. "He's in his normal program now. I think he probably won't get on the mound until January."

Lee, who injured his left elbow in July, is due $25 million in 2015, plus a $27.5 million club option in 2016. Lee threw 81 1/3 innings in 2014 with a 3.65 ERA. 


Phillies SP Cliff Lee cleared to start offseason throwing program


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2014) Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee, who missed the final two months of the 2014 season due to a left elbow strain, has been cleared to begin his offseason throwing program, according to CSNPhilly.com. 

General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Lee would begin his offseason throwing program next Monday and be ready for the start of spring training.

"Originally we planned to have him throwing in mid-November, but we moved it back because he had been sick for about a week," Amaro said. "His strength is back now. His elbow feels good. He’s pain-free and doing great, ready to begin his normal throwing program on Dec. 1."

The Phillies are hopeful Lee, who was limited to 13 starts in 2014, is past his elbow problems.

"We think he’s over it," Amaro said. "He’s been able to do all his strength work and he hasn’t felt it at all. We’ll know more when he starts throwing."


Phillies SP Cliff Lee feeling good, ready for early throwing program


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/12/2014) Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee's agent, Darek Braunecker, told the New York Post the veteran left-handed pitcher is feeling good and about to begin a throwing program earlier than normal. Lee should be ready for spring training after missing the final two months of the 2014 season due to an elbow strain.

Phillies activate Cliff Lee from 60-day disabled list


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/25/2014) The Phillies have activated pitcher Cliff Lee from the 60-day disabled list. Lee is expected to begin a full throwing program in November and is on track to be ready for spring training.

Phillies' Cliff Lee to begin full throwing program in November


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) The Phillies announced Wednesday starting pitcher Cliff Lee had an MRI on his left elbow Friday. The MRI showed Lee's flexor tendon is healing well.

Lee, who missed the final two months of the season due to a Grade 2 flexor pronator strain, will begin a full throwing program in November and is expected to be ready for spring training.


Cliff Lee on track with rehab


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee is on track with his original rehab plan, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Lee has seen three doctors about his injured elbow in recent weeks, including a doctor in Philadelphia Monday. He has yet to be cleared to throw, which should happen in November.


Phillies announce September roster moves


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) The Phillies announced their September callups on Monday.

Before announcing the moves, Philadelphia transferred pitcher Cliff Lee to the 60-day DL to create room on the 40-man roster. The team recalled infielder Cesar Hernandez, catcher Cameron Rupp and right-handed pitchers Luis Garcia and Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Additionally, the team purchased the contracts of infielder Maikel Franco and outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr.. Right-hander Mike Adams was also activated off the disabled list.


Cliff Lee out for year, doesn't need surgery


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee will miss the remainder of the season while recovering a from a Grade 2 flexor pronator strain, but the injury will not require surgery, MLB.com reports.

"We hope to get him into a throwing program in October or November," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Wednesday night. "But right now he needs to rest."

Lee will rest at home for two weeks before rejoining the team early next month to be re-evaluated. The team hopes he'll be good to go by spring training.


Phillies doctor confirms diagnosis on Cliff Lee's elbow


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee met Saturday with team physician Dr. Steve Cohen, who confirmed the original diagnosis of a left flexor pronator strain for the veteran pitcher, per MLB.com. It was the same injury Lee dealt with earlier this season when he was on the disabled list from mid-May through late July.

Re-evaluation coming Saturday for Cliff Lee


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee will be evaluated by team doctors Saturday and will have extensive tests taken following this weekend's series, reports the Philadelphia Daily News.

Lee's season may be over after he suffered a recurrence of the strained left flexor pronator, but the team wants to have further tests taken before making that determination. He will have an MRI taken on the elbow, possibly as early as Monday.