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Cliff Lee Heading to 60-day DL

Another day, another pitcher down.  This time the bug has hit the Philadelphia Phillies Cliff Lee.  According to the Phillies, both the team and Lee have decided to go the rehab route in hopes to heal his torn left flexor tendon without surgery.  Here is an excerpt from MLBTradeRumors and the press release from the team:

“The Phillies and Cliff have mutually decided to try once again to rehabilitate the injury non-operatively, with the hope that Cliff might be able to return to pitch during the 2015 season.  Cliff will immediately be shut down from throwing.  He will be sent home to rest and will be set up with a rehabilitation program to maintain his overall conditioning.  He will be brought to Philadelphia periodically to be evaluated to determine a time at which he might be able to begin a throwing program again.”

Lee, 36, was limited to just 13 starts in 2014 and recorded a record of 4-5 with an ERA of 3.65.  For his career, he is 143-91 with an ERA of 3.52 and has 1,824 strikeouts in 2,156.2 innings.  He is in the final year of his five-year $120 million contract he signed, although there is an option for 2016.  It is a club option worth $27.5 with a $12.5 million buyout, that will most likely not be excercised due to his injury and time missed this season, which means the Phillies will have to buy him out.

Injuries to pitchers of Lee’s caliber or any caliber is disheartening.  The Phillies aren’t in a position to win and were thought to be considering using Lee as a trade chip if healthy.  That will most likely not happen depending on the outcome of the injury and the rehab.

 

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