Sunday, March 08, 2015

Cliff Lee off to sterling 2015, to see Dr. Andrews for elbow issue

We're not even one week into the 2015 Grapefruit League schedule, and there is a black cloud forming in Clearwater. 
 
Veteran left-hander Cliff Lee -- who is still struggling to regain form shown in both 2011 and 2013, has been temporarily shut down after feeling discomfort in his pitching elbow.

The Phillies announced on Sunday that their #2 starter, and subject of many trade rumors, had an MRI on Saturday, which revealed some swelling, enough to give the team pause.

Lee had been limited to just 81 innings over 13 starts along with a 4-5 record and ERA well north of 3 in 2014 due to a strain in the same elbow. The former Cy Young winner had made just one appearance so far in spring training, pitching two innings.

The swelling appears to be in the same area as last season's issue, Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. told reporters, and the results of the MRI will be sent to Dr. James Andrews -- he of the "second opinion" and many reconstructive surgeries.

According to the club, Lee will try throwing again early this week to see if the discomfort persists.

Lee, who is owed $25 million this season, had been one of the Phillies' top trade pieces entering the season, as the club looks to rebuild.

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