Cliff Lee SP PHI 2 months ago

GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said Lee (elbow) will not start throwing for another three or four weeks, CSN Philadelphia reports.

The Phillies had hoped Lee, who is trying to rehab tear in the flexor tendon in his elbow, would be able to start throwing by now. He remains a long shot to pitch this season.

Cliff Lee SP PHI 6 months ago

Lee (elbow) said he does not plan to pick up a baseball for at least two months, the Philadelphia Daily News reports.

Lee will let his ailing elbow rest before he attempts to begin throwing again. He hopes to return to the Phillies' rotation this summer, but doing so looks extremely unlikely. All doctors that have reviewed his latest MRI suggest he should undergo surgery. If Lee does ultimately choose to have surgery, he will be sidelined 6 to 8 months.

Cliff Lee SP PHI 6 months ago

Lee (elbow) has been placed on the 60-day DL, but will not undergo surgery for the time being.

Lee suffered a tear in the flexor tendon in his throwing elbow, and after attempting to throw through the injury, he reported feeling no improvement in the level of pain he experienced. While surgery has been recommended, the 34-year-old indicated that he would likely opt for retirement if he were to undergo surgery, so he will try to rehab from the injury in hopes of returning at some point in the 2015 season. There's no exact timetable available at this time, but Lee will likely miss at least the first half of the season.

Cliff Lee SP PHI 6 months ago

Lee played catch Friday and said he still felt the same level of discomfort in his pitching elbow, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Lee has been throwing to see if the pain gets worse. If not, he will attempt to pitch through a tear in his common flexor tendon this season. Surgery would sideline Lee for the entire season.

Cliff Lee SP PHI 6 months ago

Lee (elbow) threw a bullpen session Wednesday and reported no improvement in the level of pain he experienced, the Philadelphia Daily News' Ryan Lawrence reports.

He is still hoping that the pain goes away shortly, but there is not much room for optimism here where his fantasy stock is concerned. Lee was diagnosed with a tear in the flexor tendon in his throwing elbow and it could require surgery that would lead to a 6-to-8 month recovery period. There is a chance that if Lee continues to try to pitch through the pain that he could sprain his UCL, but this sounds like a last-ditch attempt to be able to avoid surgery, which would signal Lee's retirement from the game.

Cliff Lee SP PHI 6 months ago

Lee (elbow) was diagnosed with a tear in the flexor tendon in his throwing elbow, Sports Illustrated reports.

The Phillies are apparently "not terribly optimistic" about the situation, but the 36-year-old Lee will attempt to pitch through the injury. Whether that's a realistic option remains to be seen, but if Lee is experiencing continue discomfort, he'll likely need to undergo surgery, which would entail a six-to-eight month recovery period. Lee speculated that if surgery is necessary, it could possibly end his career.

Cliff Lee SP PHI 6 months ago

Lee said his elbow injury could end his career if he needs to undergo surgery, CSN Philadelphia reports.

Lee would miss the 2015 season if surgery is required on his left elbow. He is awaiting a review of his MRI by Dr. James Andrews. More news regarding Lee should be coming soon as he was planning to test out his arm by throwing Monday or Tuesday.

Cliff Lee SP PHI 6 months ago

Lee (elbow) had a MRI which team doctor Michael Ciccotti said revealed very mild inflammation, the Philadelphia Daily News reports. "According to Dr. Ciccotti, there's a 1-to-2-millimeter area in length that was of some issue," GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "And then the width is 1 centimeter or something like that. It's very, very small, a very pinpointed area. And, again, there's very little edema or swelling or fluid in that area. But any time it's the elbow, you've got to be concerned about it."

Lee's MRI will be sent to orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews for review as well. The soreness Lee is feeling is in the flexor pronator, which is the same area that bothered him last season. He is expected to start throwing again early this week to test the elbow. If Lee is sidelined into the regular season it creates an opportunity for Kevin Slowey or Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez to earn a rotation spot this spring.

Cliff Lee SP PHI 6 months ago

Lee has a flexor pronator injury and will be tested in the next few days, Jim Salisbury of reports.

Lee suffered a flexor pronator injury in 2014 where he opted to rest rather than go under the knife, so a surgery and lengthy recovery time could be very possible this time around. The risk with Lee was already off the charts after the 36-year-old showed depressed fastball velocity earlier this spring. It's not like this will stop the Phillies from contending, but there was a good chance they were planning to trade him this season to rebuild their youth pipeline.

Cliff Lee SP PHI 6 months ago

Lee (elbow) went two innings in his spring training debut Thursday. He allowed a couple of singles and threw 16 of his 22 pitches for strikes.

Lee was making his first start since July 31 when he left that game with pain in his left elbow. He was working around 87-88 mph with his fastball Thursday, which is down from his typical velocity, but it is early in camp. He needs time to build up arm strength. The good news is that Lee said his elbow has felt normal thus far this spring. The Phillies are hoping to trade him at some point this season.