PEORIA, Ariz. - Cliff Lee has a new spring training address in Arizona, the Seattle Mariners' complex, but it likely will be another week or more before he can pitch.
Acquired from the Phillies in the biggest trade of the offseason, Lee has a bandage around his left foot following Feb. 5 surgery to remove a bone spur. He arrived yesterday for a physical and said he's getting around fine.
"It won't affect me," said Lee, 31.
The lefthander is expected to combine with Felix Hernandez to give Seattle among the best rotation fronts in the major leagues.
"It's minor in terms of Cliff. I think he's feeling really good about himself," Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said. "When they went in and did it, they thought it was kind of a surface-type injury."
Seattle and the doctors preferred that Lee have the operation earlier rather than later.
"That's common sense," Zduriencik said. "Three weeks now is a whole lot different than 3 weeks in the middle of July."