Cliff Lee has MRI on Left Elbow, Placed on DL

Posted by Pat Egan, Tue, May 20, 2014 11:00 PM | Comments: 10
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UPDATE, Tuesday 5/20 at 11:00 PM: According to the official Philadelphia Phillies Twitter, Cliff Lee was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a grade 1-2 left elbow strain. A corresponding roster move will be made at a later date.


(Original Post, 5/20 6:30 PM):

Jim Salisbury of CSN is reporting that Phillies left hander Cliff Lee had an MRI on his left elbow today. The team has not received the results back from the MRI yet. Lee has reportedly been pitching through elbow discomfort (flexor pronator strain) for three weeks now. The injury is likely the reason for Lee’s drop in velocity in his recent starts. Even with the elbow discomfort Lee still managed a 3.27 ERA in his last 5 starts. He is scheduled to pitch on Friday against the Dodgers.

This is could be a crippling blow to the Phillies chances of reaching the post season. Lee has no history of elbow problems but with the recent string of pitchers going under the knife for Tommy John surgery its hard not to fear the worst when hearing this news. Lee is sporting a 4-4 record with a  3.18 ERA this season and has been the teams ace. The Phillies should have the results back from the MRI soon.

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  • Posts: 0 Whatever

    News like this makes one want to book a cruise on the Titanic…..

  • Avatar of "Big Ed" Delahanty

    Thank Goodness it is just a strain. Whew!

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Post season??

    Paging Jim Mora.

  • Posts: 0 Dave

    Ahhh and the proverbial final nail in the coffin.

  • Posts: 0 Chris

    It’s ok, now they can bring up….uh….hmmm….oh that’s right…they don’t have anyone to bring up.

    • Posts: 0 George

      If this is a backhanded stab at the Phils’ farm system, it’s a little off base. Could the Dodgers call up anyone to replace Kershaw, should he go down? Who do the Tigers have to fill in for Verlander? Who would pitch in case of an injury to Chris Sale? There’s probably not a team out there who can replace a front-line starter. Aces don’t grow on any farm system’s trees.

      • Posts: 0 Scotty Ingerton

        I think Chris meant they don’t really have a serviceable starter to bring up. Of course no teams have a Cliff Lee waiting in the wings at AAA (although young guys like Noah Syndergaard will begin to appear in the next month or so).

  • Posts: 5364 Lefty

    Avatar of Lefty

    Compared to many pitchers nowadays, Lee has had a remarkably injury free career. I just hope it doesn’t turn into something calamitous. I hope they give him all the rest and recovery time he needs.

  • Posts: 0 Jael

    Bad news cliff lee is good for the phillies trade him it be bad I trade brown or ben Revere do not trade my boy lee is the only one is good
    cole just coming back it going to take some time if.

    1 . cliff lee
    3 Aj Burnett
    4 . kyle
    you’re closer
    1.Jonathan Papelbon
    The ball pen needs to be fixed

  • Posts: 193 photoFred

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    Up until now, health has not been an issue for the Phils; yet they are struggling to be a .500 team. For me, this tips the balance.

    I really wanted one more season with the old boys together but that was just a romantic pipe dream: sneaking in on a wild card, struggling through on grit and experience, getting to the world series where Cliff or Cole would go the distance in the deciding game in which ageless Jimmy and rejuvenated Chase would come through in a dramatic ninth inning last hurrah…

    Crazy, I know. But my eyes are now open. Could we get Xander Bogaerts for a recovered Lee? Will someone, anyone, give us a prospect for Paps? Anyone need a quality catcher? Since there’s so little down on the farm, I’m afraid it’s time to start shopping elsewhere.

    It was really good while it lasted.

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