Monday, August 3, 2015

No surgery for Cliff Lee

Less than a week after leaving a game in Washington with a reoccurrence of an elbow injury, Cliff Lee's locker was empty at Citizens Bank Park. He won't pitch again in 2014. But he won't be needing surgery, either.

No surgery for Cliff Lee

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Carlos Ruiz (51) walks to talk with starting pitcher Cliff Lee (33), after Lee stepped off the mound during the third inning of a baseball game at Nationals Park Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Washington. The Phillies announced that Lee had a recurrence of the left flexor pronator strain that sidelined him in May. (Alex Brandon/AP)
Carlos Ruiz (51) walks to talk with starting pitcher Cliff Lee (33), after Lee stepped off the mound during the third inning of a baseball game at Nationals Park Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Washington. The Phillies announced that Lee had a recurrence of the left flexor pronator strain that sidelined him in May. (Alex Brandon/AP)

The MRI results are in: Cliff Lee's 2014 season is over, as expected. But he won't undergo surgery either, meaning his 2015 season is still in play.

Lee had a PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injection on Wednesday and will once again combat the injury with rest; general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. confirmed an MLB.com report through a club official on Thursday morning.

Lee had an MRI that revealed a Grade 2 flexor pronator strain. Although Amaro said last week that Lee would likely visit with renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews, the pitcher was examined by Dr. David Altchek in New York instead.

Lee returned to his Arkansas home for rest and is expected to be re-examined in Philadelphia next month. The Phillies hope he can resume a throwing program early in the offseason and be ready for Openning Day 2015.

Lee is still owed $37.5 million of his 5-year, $120 million contract. The Phillies can only hope to get more value out of that in 2015 than they did in 2014, when Lee was limited to 13 starts because of an elbow injury that still hasn't subsided.

 

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