The Phillies officially declined their 2016 option on Lee (elbow) making him a free agent, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports. Lee, who did not pitch in 2015, will be paid a $12.5 million buyout. It is unclear if he intends to continue pitching. Given his unwillingness to undergo surgery on his elbow, it seems likely he will call it a career, as rehab has not proven successful.
The Phillies declined their 2016 option on starting pitcher Cliff Lee (elbow), the Philadelphia Daily News reports. Lee did not pitch this year due to a tear in the flexor tendon in his elbow. He opted for rehab over surgery, but never was able to get back on a mound during the season. It is possible his career is over.
Cliff Lee is almost ready to begin throwing, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said. The team is putting together a throwing schedule for Lee for later in July. "If it doesn't go well, I would assume at that point he's probably a guy that won't be able to come back," Amaro said, per The News Journal. Lee is on the 60-day disabled list and hasn't pitched this season with a left forearm strain.
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said pitcher Cliff Lee won't begin throwing again until at least three or four more weeks, according to The News Journal. Lee was in Philadelphia on Tuesday and saw a doctor. He's on the 60-day disabled list with a left forearm strain.
Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee was unable to throw Sunday or Monday, and was placed on the 60-day disabled list with a left forearm strain -- the same injury that had the veteran left-hander on the shelf twice last season. He will be shut down indefinitely, and brought back to Philadelphia periodically to be evaluated. Although Lee was recommended by doctors to have surgery, he and the Phillies have mutually decided to try for the third time to take a non-surgical approach to his rehab, with the hopes to prolong his career. Surgery would keep the 36-year-old out for the entirety of the season, and likely end his career.
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