August trade candidate Cliff Lee leaves game with elbow strain

After re-injuring his elbow, Cliff Lee may not pitch again in 2014. (USATSI)
After re-injuring his elbow, Cliff Lee may not pitch again in 2014. (USATSI)

Related: Non-waiver deadline passed, but trades still possible 

Phillies lefty Cliff Lee was forced to depart his start against the Nationals on Thursday night (GameTracker) because of a possible elbow injury. In the third inning, here's what happened ... 

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. 

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Dayn Perry has been a baseball writer for CBS Sports since early 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for FOXSports.com and ESPN.com. A member of the BBWAA, He's the author of three books, the most recent being... Full Bio

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