Cliff Lee Injury: Updates on Phillies Pitcher's Elbow and Return

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJuly 31, 2014

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Updates from Wednesday, August 6's Todd Zolecki has the latest on Lee's status:

Cliff Lee‘s season is finished.

Lee’s locker inside the Phillies’ clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park had been completely cleared out before today’s game against the Astros. He is on the 15-day disabled list with a Grade 2 flexor pronator strain, and he is going to rest at home in Arkansas for about two weeks before rejoining the team early next month for a reevaluation.

Lee today visited orthopedist David Altchek at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. He confirmed the Phillies’ diagnosis of Lee’s injury, which said no surgery is required. Following Altchek’s examination, Lee returned to Philadelphia to visit the Rothman Institute in Philadelphia for a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection in the elbow.

“We hope to get him into a throwing program in October or November,” Ruben Amaro Jr.said in a telephone call late Wednesday night. “But right now he needs to rest.”

Updates from Friday, August 1

Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News has the latest on Lee:

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It turns out those fears about Cliff Lee's elbow were a bit justified. The Philadelphia Phillies ace left Thursday night's game against the Washington Nationals with an apparent elbow injury, per ESPN's Buster Olney:

Todd Zolecki of reveals it is the same injury Lee previously suffered:

The Phillies reported Lee will head to the disabled list:

Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News and Meghan Montemurro of The News Journal have more on Lee's injury:

Whatever the extent of the injury, it appears to be serious, per Matt Gelb of The Philadelphia Inquirer:

This is the second elbow-related injury for the 35-year-old in 2014 after suffering a mild strain back in May that kept him out until the middle of July.

Although that in part turned many teams off of a potential trade before the non-waiver deadline, Lee would've been a prime candidate to be moved in August if he could prove to be less of an injury risk.

As ESPN's Eric Karabell tweeted out, that's almost certainly not going to happen now:

It couldn't get much worse for the Phillies. Not only did nobody bite on Lee before Thursday, but now they're likely going to be stuck with him for the rest of the season. Getting out from under his massive deal would've allowed Philly a little more financial freedom heading into the offseason.

With Lee in his mid-30s, any sort of elbow injury is an immediate cause for concern, especially a second elbow injury within the span of a few months.