Cliff Lee

#33 SP / Philadelphia Phillies / EXP: 13YRS Height: 6-3 Weight: 205 lb Age: 37 College: None Bats/Throws L/L

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      Cliff Lee: Medically cleared to pitch, wants to play in 2016

      Lee (elbow) has been medically cleared to resume pitching and hopes to join a team for the 2016 season, Dayn Perry of CBS Sports reports. Lee became a free agent in November after the Phillies declined to pick Lee's option, but the veteran left-hander appears to have his sights set on returning to the major leagues in 2016. He has not pitched in a game since 2014 due to elbow issues, but his recent medical clearance has allowed him to resume throwing. It's still too early to tell whether Lee will find a landing spot, but as the offseason progresses it's possible that a team will be willing to take a flier on the former Cy Young winner.

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      Phillies' Cliff Lee: Option declined, becomes a free agent

      The Phillies officially declined their 2016 option on Lee (elbow) making him a free agent, Todd Zolecki of 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.

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      Phillies decline 2016 option on veteran SP Cliff Lee

      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.

    • by Shawn Krest |

      Phillies' Cliff Lee to test arm injury in July

      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.

    • by Jason Butt |

      Phillies P Cliff Lee (forearm) won't throw for 3 or 4 more weeks

      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.

    • by Igor Mello |

      Phillies' Cliff Lee shut down, placed on 60-day DL with 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.

    • by R.J. White |

      Phillies' Cliff Lee doesn't throw Sunday, feels 'pretty good'

      Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee (elbow) didn't throw Sunday but indicated that his injured elbow feels "pretty good," reports. "[Lee] said his arm felt pretty good," pitching coach Bob McClure said. "He just doesn't want to push it. That's what he told me." Lee is dealing with a torn commor flexor tendon in his elbow but is attempting to pitch through the injury. If he can't, it may signal the end of his career, as surgery would sideline him for the entire season.

    • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

      Nothing new yet with Cliff Lee, still pitching with elbow discomfort

      Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said Friday starting pitcher Cliff Lee threw again Thursday, per However, Proefrock didn't have a positive update, as he said the discomfort in Lee's left elbow remained.

    • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

      Phillies' Cliff Lee throws Wednesday, but discomfort lingers

      Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee, who has a small tear in the common flexor tendon of his throwing arm, threw a bullpen session Wednesday. Although, Lee did appear to feel slightly encouraged after throwing Wednesday. "It does feel a little better," he said. "There's still something there, but it's not bad. So if it stays the way it is, I think I will be good. Time will tell."

    • by R.J. White |

      Phillies' Cliff Lee has small tear in flexor tendon

      An MRI has confirmed that Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee has a small tear in the common flexor tendon of his throwing arm, reports. "We're not terribly optimistic but there is still possibility he can come back and throw with a minimal amount of discomfort," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said, per The News Journal. If he cannot pitch through the injury, surgery would be the next step, and he would need six-to-eight months to recover. Lee said Monday that if he needed surgery on the elbow, it could mean the end of his career. Lee made just 13 starts last season and elected not to undergo surgery on the injured elbow after three doctors told him he had upwards of a 90 percent chance to heal by rest. It was Lee's first season failing to pitch at least 200 innings since 2007. He went 4-5 with a 3.65 ERA and 72:12 K:BB ratio in 81 1/3 innings in 13 starts in 2014.

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