August trade candidate Cliff Lee leaves game with elbow strain
Bad news for the Phillies and Cliff Lee, as the veteran lefty re-injured his elbow on Thursday night.
Cliff Lee's 31st pitch in third start back from DL was an 85-MPH cutter. He winced, motioned to elbow. Have to wonder when he pitches again.— Ryan Lawrence (@ryanlawrence21) August 1, 2014
Lee was shortly thereafter diagnosed with a left flexor pronator strain, which is the same injury that earlier this season sidelined him for almost 60 games. The expectation at this point is that Lee's done for 2014.
The anticipation had been that the Phillies would attempt to trade him (despite the minimum $37.5 million left on his contract) during the August waiver period, but now that's obviously not going to happen.
This season, Lee, age 35, has pitched to a 3.65 ERA and 6.00 K/BB ratio in 81 1/3 innings of work.