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February 23, 2016 09:57 AM
Cliff Lee: May be ready for retirement.
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lee's agent suggested that the lefty will likely retire, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.

Lee has been medically cleared to resume pitching, with a report from December even suggesting that he hoped to play in 2016. He's apparently now considering retirement, which isn't all that surprising for a 37-year-old pitcher that hasn't played in a game since July 2014.

December 3, 2015 02:40 PM
Cliff Lee: Medically cleared to pitch, wants to play in 2016
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

November 3, 2015 12:43 PM
Phillies' Cliff Lee: Option declined, becomes a free agent
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 28, 2015 09:30 AM
Phillies decline 2016 option on veteran SP Cliff Lee
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

July 10, 2015 09:51 AM
Phillies' Cliff Lee to test arm injury in July
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

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.  

July 10, 2015 10:07 AM
Phillies P Cliff Lee (forearm) won't throw for 3 or 4 more weeks
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com

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. 

June 1, 2015 03:32 PM
Phillies' Cliff Lee shut down, placed on 60-day DL with forearm strain
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

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.

June 1, 2015 03:33 PM
Phillies' Cliff Lee doesn't throw Sunday, feels 'pretty good'
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee (elbow) didn't throw Sunday but indicated that his injured elbow feels "pretty good," MLB.com 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.

June 1, 2015 03:36 PM
Nothing new yet with Cliff Lee, still pitching with elbow discomfort
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

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

June 1, 2015 03:40 PM
Phillies' Cliff Lee throws Wednesday, but discomfort lingers
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

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."

June 1, 2015 03:41 PM
Phillies' Cliff Lee has small tear in flexor tendon
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

An MRI has confirmed that Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee has a small tear in the common flexor tendon of his throwing arm, MLB.com 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.

June 1, 2015 03:43 PM
Phillies' Cliff Lee: If needed, elbow surgery could be career-ending
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee said Monday that if he needs surgery on his injured elbow, it would likely end his season and possibly his career, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

"It would be 6-8 months out," Lee said. "So basically if I have the surgery this season will be done. Possibly my career I guess. I don't know. We'll have to see."

Lee said he "felt a little something" in his elbow Friday, the day after his spring debut, in the same place where he dealt with an injury last season, and that it had been months since he felt any pain.

"And it was really mild, but, it’s just concerning because I knew what it turned into last year, and I just wanted to be open. I wasn’t trying to hide anything," Lee said. "I truly felt nothing for months and then all of a sudden there it is after the first time I pitch in a game. I was open and honest with our trainers and hoped to nip it in the bud as quick as we can and hope that it’s just a little twinge or something from really cranking it up the first time in a while."

Lee made just 13 starts last season and did not undergo surgery on the elbow after three doctors told him he'd have an "upper-90 percent chance" to heal by rest.

June 1, 2015 03:44 PM
Phillies SP Cliff Lee dealing with elbow discomfort
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee is dealing with discomfort in his pitching elbow, the team announced.

Lee said he felt "normal" after throwing 22 pitches in his spring debut Thursday. He missed the final two months of last season with elbow issues but said he had no uncertainty about the elbow following Thursday's outing.

Lee felt something in the elbow Friday, and an MRI showed mild inflammation, The News Journal reports. He will be held out of his next start due to the flexor pronator issue, which was the same injury that he dealt with last season.

Lee will likely begin to throw again Monday, and he "will progress his throwing program as tolerated," per the team's statement. The MRI has been sent to Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion.

Lee went 4-5 with a 3.65 ERA and 72:12 K:BB ratio in 81 1/3 innings in 2014.

June 1, 2015 03:47 PM
Phillies SP Cliff Lee having no doubts coming off elbow injury
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee appeared to be brimming with confidence Thursday, as he said following his first start since missing the final two months of the 2014 season due to an elbow injury that everything is "so far, so good."

While some folks still might have some doubt regarding the 36-year-old's durability moving forward, Lee has no such doubts.

"I don't have any uncertainty," Lee said, per The Philadelphia Daily News. "I definitely have confidence and expect to go out there and be successful, and I'm doing everything I can to prevent something like that from happening again. That's really all I can do. There's no worry or uncertainty or anything like that. I'm just going to go out there and be confident and expect to have success and not really even think about it, to be honest with you."

Lee threw only 22 pitches (16 strikes) in two innings Thursday in his spring debut. He still has a long ways to go in getting back to his previous form, but Lee is confident it will happen.

"As a starting pitcher, you've got to go out there and throw a hundred-and-some-odd pitches, get deep into games to do your job effectively," Lee said. "Personally, until I do that I don't think that I've proven that I can do that yet. I don't have any doubts, but still you have to build up to do that and prove you can do that . . . I don't think anyone is going to know that I can do that until I go out there and show it."

June 1, 2015 03:48 PM
Phillies' Lee (elbow) says he 'feels normal' following spring debut
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee threw in a game Thursday against the Astros for the first time since suffering an elbow injury July 31, and the veteran left-hander had a pretty decent outing in his spring debut.

Lee needed just 22 pitches (16 strikes) to get through two scoreless innings. He allowed a single in each inning, while issuing no walks and recording no strikeouts. He got four outs on grounders.

"I don't even know how many pitches I threw, but I think it was fine," Lee said, per The Journal News. "I was able to throw some fastballs, mixed in a couple offspeed pitches and got through it with two zeroes, so that's a good thing.

"It feels normal. So far so good."

June 1, 2015 03:56 PM
Phillies' Cliff Lee to start Thursday's Grapefruit League game
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com

Phillies pitching coach Bob McClure announced that pitcher Cliff Lee is slated to start in Thursday's Grapefruit League game against the Astros, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer

Lee strained his elbow in 2014 and missed the final two months of the regular season. He's scheduled to pitch two innings in Thursday's start. 

“He’s thrown well," McClure said. "He feels really good, so he’s right on schedule.”

June 1, 2015 03:59 PM
Phillies SP Cliff Lee (elbow) faces hitters for first time since late July
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

On Wednesday, Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee (elbow) threw to hitters for the first time since his last start on July 31. According to the Philadelphia Daily News, the veteran left-handed pitcher declared himself ready to pitch when the exhibition season starts next week, though that may be up to the medical staff.

"Yeah, I think so," Lee said. "But I don't know what the schedule says. I know we discussed just easing into it, making sure we don’t do anything stupid early. I had two days in between bullpens, where everyone else had a day. (We're just) trying to make sure you're better safe than sorry early. But everything feels good."

June 1, 2015 04:08 PM
Phillies' Sandberg: Cliff Lee has had 'no complaints' about elbow
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee continues to progress in his rehab from an elbow injury, which limited him to 13 starts in 2014, according to manager Ryne Sandberg. Although, Sandberg said an upper respiratory illness has been an issue recently for the veteran left-handed pitcher.

"The way that Cliff's program has gone since he started throwing in the first part of December, he's got no complaints and he's pretty much where he usually is," Sandberg said, per The News Journal. "So far, so good. We'll keep an eye on him with his sides and his outings."

June 1, 2015 04:19 PM
Report: Phillies could be ready to trade Cliff Lee in spring training
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

One executive who spoke with the Phillies told ESPN columnist Jayson Stark that Philadelphia could trade Cliff Lee as early as spring training, if he proves healthy.

Lee missed the final months of the 2014 season due to an elbow injury, but early reports are that he is progressing well and expected to be ready for spring training.

The four-time All-Star Lee will be entering his 14th MLB season in 2015. He is entering the final guaranteed season of a five-year, $120 million contract. He has a $27.5 million vesting option for 2016, which includes a $12.5 million buyout, if he makes it to 200 innings in 2015, per Baseball-Reference.com.

June 1, 2015 04:34 PM
Phillies GM Amaro: No issues during Cliff Lee's mound return
by Sean D'Oliveira | CBS Sports Staff

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. said pitcher Cliff Lee has recently thrown off a mound three to four times and reported no issues, reports MLB.com.

Lee injured his elbow in July, but he is expected to be ready to pitch in spring training.

Situational Stats
SituationIPWLERASVBBSO
vs LHB 17.200 2.550018
vs RHB 63.200 3.9601254
Last 7 Games
  OPP W L SV IP H ER BB Ks
5/2WAS0007.04125
5/7@TOR0106.17616
5/13LAA0107.06017
5/18CIN1006.29213
7/21SF0105.212613
7/26ARI0005.09324
7/31@WAS0002.21004
Minor League Pitching Stats
YearTeamINNGPGSCGWLSVSOBBHERAWHIP
2000A-Cape Fear44.2111101406336505.291.946
2001A-Jupiter109.22120067012946782.801.135
2002AA-Akron16.23302101810115.561.296
2002AA-Harrisburg86.11515072010523613.240.976
2002AAA-Buffalo43.08803203022363.771.349
2003AA-Akron12.022010013471.500.917
2003A-Kinston4.11100004300.000.732
2003AAA-Buffalo63.1111106106131623.281.474
2007AA-Akron5.01101007120.000.600
2007A-Kinston2.01100004010.000.500
2007AAA-Buffalo41.08801305025323.511.390
2010AAA-Tacoma Rainiers6.01100004030.000.500
2014AFA-Clearwater Threshers10.233001082135.291.471
 

Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-3/205
Birthdate:
8/30/1978
Age:
42
Hometown:
Benton, AR
Bats/Throws:
L/L
Team:
Philadelphia Phillies
College:

MLB Experience:
13
Awards:

2008: AL Cy Young;AL ERA Leader