Lee justifiably worried about latest injury

Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee, left, talks with Ryan Howard during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Washington. Lee left the game during the third inning. The Phillies announced that Lee had a recurrence of the left flexor pronator strain that sidelined him in May. (Alex Brandon/AP)

WASHINGTON -- Cliff Lee doesn’t know how severe his latest injury to his left elbow is but says it feels the same way it did when he originally went on the disabled list on May 19.

Lee left Thursday’s 10-4 win over the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park after suffering a re-occurrence of his left flexor pronator strain.

He has been placed on the 15-day DL, and says the same discomfort that kept him on the disabled list for more than two months has re-appeared.

“Obviously I’m worried about it,” Lee said. “It came back so that’s not good.”

Lee doesn’t think it is worse this time, but being the same as before is enough cause for concern.

“I don’t think it’s a larger problem, I think it is just the original thing,” he said. “It was never fully gone. I think it’s the same thing. I think it was almost gone and came back.”

He says he has no idea if he will need surgery, but concedes that it is a possibility.

When asked if he feels his 2014 season could be over, Lee was candid.

“At this point that’s probably the case,” he said. “I don’t know. I want to pitch, I want to do my job. But (if) my body doesn’t allow me to do it, then I can’t do it.”