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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%: 49/5 | Average Draft Position: 21.22
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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.  


Cliff Lee placed on 15-day DL with elbow strain


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) Following Thursday's game, the Phillies placed starting pitcher Cliff Lee on the 15-day disabled list with a left flexor pronator strain, the same injury he suffered earlier in the season, per MLB.com.

Lee exited the game against the Nationals with a team trainer after making a gesture toward his elbow in the bottom of the third inning. He will be further examined on Friday, leaving his status for the remainder of the season up in the air.

Cliff Lee diagnosed with elbow strain, season hangs in jeopardy


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee was diagnosed with a recurrence of a left flexor pronator strain, according to Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia.

Lee missed two months of the season because of the injury and is now likely done for the year. He'll likely go through further tests in hopes of dodging a major injury.

The left-hander exited the game with a team trainer after making a gesture toward his elbow in the bottom of the third inning. He owns a 3.65 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP over 13 starts (81 1/3 innings).

Cliff Lee exits start with apparent arm injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee was forced out of Thursday's contest against the Phillies with an apparent injury to his arm.

Lee exited the game with a team trainer after making a gesture toward his elbow in the bottom of the third inning. Antonio Bastardo took over for him in the third. He pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings and allowed one hit with four strikeouts and no walks in 31 pitches.

Lee missed two months this season because of a left elbow strain. He will likely be further evaluated moving forward. He owns a 3.65 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP over 13 starts (81 1/3 innings). His status remains uncertain for Wednesday's start against Houston.

Cliff Lee remains with Phillies past non-waiver deadline


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) The Phillies were unable to trade veteran starting pitcher Cliff Lee by Thursday's non-waiver trade deadline. Lee is 0-1 with a 7.59 ERA in two starts since returning from the disabled list.

Several issues could keep Phillies from trading Cliff Lee


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Recent struggles on the mound, an injury history and a bulky salary will likely conspire to keep Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee from being traded, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Lee has yielded nine runs on 21 hits in just 10 2/3 innings in his last two starts. Contending teams will be hard-pressed to trade top prospects for Lee until he regains the dominance that has marked much of his career. Lee will turn 36 on Aug. 30. His contract still calls for him to earn $45.5 after the trade deadline.

Equally disturbing is that Lee has surrendered 99 hits in 78 2/3 innings this season.


Cliff Lee gives up three runs vs. Diamondbacks


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee wasn't a factor in the decision Saturday after surrendering three earned runs on nine hits and two walks in five innings and striking out four in his team's 10-6 loss to the Diamondbacks.

Lee was hammered in his return to the rotation earlier in the week after missing more than two months with an elbow injury, but he was able to limit the damage Saturday despite a bevy of baserunners in the start. He owns a 3.78 ERA and 68:12 K:BB ratio in 78 2/3 innings. Lee is scheduled to face the Nationals Thursday.


Cliff Lee not a sure thing


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/23/2014) Before I say anything else, I want to point out that I currently rank Cliff Lee 23rd among starting pitchers, which means I would trade anyone ranked 24th or higher straight-up for him, including Jeff Samardzija, Anibal Sanchez, Alex Cobb and Jered Weaver. So when I say he's not a sure thing, understand I'm not saying he's washed up and doesn't deserve a spot on your roster. I'm simply noting that those who stuck with him throughout his two-month DL stint hoping he'd be an ace when he returned have reason to be concerned now.

On Tuesday's Fantasy Baseball Today, Al Melchior picked Lee as one of the starting pitchers who worry him in the second half, and though I didn't do the same, I certainly could have. I'm just not totally confident in the condition of his elbow.

It's probably an overreaction. You might even say a bad start after an extended layoff is to be expected, and if Lee dominates over eight innings next time out, all the hand-wringing we're doing now will seem like wasted energy. But for now, the doubts linger. Because the injury was a strain and not a sprain, Tommy John surgery should be off the table, but how do we know nothing else is going on in there? Can we be sure the injury had enough time to heal completely, or, as Al suggested, might the Phillies have rushed him back to market him at the trade deadline?

It all remains to be seen, but whether you own Cliff Lee or are looking to trade for him, you shouldn't be counting on him to save your season. 


Cliff Lee gets roughed up in loss to Giants


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee did not pitch well in his first start back from the disabled list Monday at home against the Giants. He allowed six runs and matched a career high with 12 hits allowed over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out three and walked one in 90 pitches, 59 for strikes.

Lee has allowed 10-plus hits in three of his last 10 starts. He owns a 3.67 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP over 11 starts (73 2/3 innings). His next start will come Saturday at home against Arizona.

Cliff Lee's activation off DL among Phillies roster moves


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) The Phillies made a slew of roster moves before Monday's game against the Giants, which included activating starting pitcher Cliff Lee (elbow) off the 60-day disabled list.

The Phillies also activated infielder Reid Brignac (ankle) and catcher Wil Nieves (quadriceps) from the 15-day disabled list.

Outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. was designated for assignment, while infielder Cesar Hernandez was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Catcher Koyie Hill was outrighted off the roster.


Cliff Lee to be 'pretty free' of restrictions in first start off DL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said starting pitcher Cliff Lee, who is returning to the rotation Monday against the Giants after being sidelined two months with an elbow injury, will be "pretty free" of restrictions, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Amaro said Lee could throw 85-100 pitches in his first start off the disabled list.

"I expect him to be Cliff Lee," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "He's pretty robotic when he goes out there and pitches. I don't think he was all that enthusiastic -- he doesn't see pitching in rehab games as something that's necessarily beneficial other than to get his work in. So I think he'll pitch fine. If he's healthy, he'll pitch fine."


Report: Phillies prefer to trade Cliff Lee, not Cole Hamels


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/18/2014) The Phillies have a pair of veteran left-handed starters on big contracts whose names have swirled in trade rumors this season, but that doesn't mean they value them equally.

CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports Friday the team's preference is to move Cliff Lee ahead of Cole Hamels. Lee is recovering from an elbow injury but should be back in the next few weeks, and the team has a much lower asking price for him than Hamels at this point. Hamels is also considered more likely to utilize the no-trade clause in his contract than Lee, with both players having at least 20 teams they cannot be traded to without prior notification.

Hamels has a 2.93 ERA and 3-5 record on the season, while Lee was at 4-4 with a 3.18 mark prior to his injury, which has kept him out since mid-May. It is not clear at this point if any deal is imminent. 


Can you trust in Cliff Lee?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/15/2014) After missing two months with a left elbow strain, Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee is set to return from the DL Monday, which is nothing less than good news in Fantasy. Still, his owners may have reason to feel uneasy about it, if only because he's returning from an elbow injury.

Granted, he had an MRI at the time of the injury that revealed only a strain, damage to the muscle, rather than a sprain, damage to the ligament, but with all the starting pitchers forced into Tommy John surgery this season after what seemed like lesser injuries at first, it's only natural to worry.

It's kind of like shopping for a used car. No one can say for sure if something will go wrong in the next week or two. All anyone can do is look out for the warning signs, and between the initial diagnosis and the way his rehabilitation is gone, I'm ready to buy into him again.

True, it was a much longer rehabilitation than most everyone anticipated, but at least we know he didn't rush back. And while his last rehab start was nothing short of ugly (which is hardly unusual for a pitcher as established as he is), he showed his usual velocity and pinpoint control during his three-start stint. No signs of lingering damage there.

I still rank Lee only 17th at starting pitcher right now just to be cautious, but I'd be willing to trade for him if the right opportunity presented itself.


Cliff Lee ready to rejoin Phillies' rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/15/2014) Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee (elbow) did not perform well in his last rehab start for Class A Clearwater Monday, allowing eight runs in 4 2/3 innings. However, Lee isn't too affected by the results and declared himself ready to return to the Phillies' rotation, per The Philadelphia Inquirer.

"I feel like I could have commanded my fastball a little better," said Lee, who will start Monday against the Giants. "It wasn't great, but it wasn't bad either, so that could improve, but I did focus on using other pitches a little more. Obviously you have to be able to do that in the big leagues. The results were not what I wanted it to be, but I got the reps in and now it's time to go back and help the Phillies."


Cliff Lee hammered in final rehab start Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/14/2014) Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee fared poorly in his final rehab start with high Class A Clearwater Monday, giving up eight runs (three earned) on eight hits and one walk in 4 2/3 innings while striking out two.

Lee gave up three earned runs in four outings in his previous start, and while Monday's final line wasn't good, he should be ready to return to the Phillies rotation next Monday, provided he doesn't suffer a setback over the next week. He's been out since mid-May with an elbow injury.


Cliff Lee to rejoin Phillies' rotation July 21


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee (elbow) will rejoin the rotation July 21 vs. San Francisco, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Lee is expected to make his final rehab start for Class A Clearwater Monday.

Cliff Lee to be transferred to the 60-day disabled list


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee will be transferred to the 60-day disabled list, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Lee is eligible to come off the DL July 18, and is expected to pitch July 19, so the move is just temporary so that the team can put another player on the 40-man roster. Lee is currently rehabbing after an elbow injury. He posted a 3.18 ERA over 68 innings prior to the injury.


Cliff Lee throws 59 pitches in rehab start Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee began a rehab assignment with Class A Clearwater Wednesday, throwing 59 pitches without issue.

Lee gave up three runs in four innings during the start, and he's expected to make another with Clearwater Monday. Out since May 18, the pitcher could return just after the All-Star break.


Cliff Lee, Carlos Ruiz targeting post-ASB return


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2014) Phillies starter Cliff Lee and catcher Carlos Ruiz are both targeting a return after the All-Star break, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Lee has been sidelined for seven weeks with an elbow injury, while Ruiz has been sidelined since late June because of concussion-like symptoms.

Cliff Lee to make next rehab start Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2014) Phillies ace left-hander Cliff Lee is set Wednesday for Clearwater after his Sunday rehab outing was limited to two scoreless innings due to rain.

Lee has been sidelined for seven weeks with an elbow injury.