Lee: 'I'm perfectly fine'

"I'm perfectly fine and right with everyone else. It's not really a major issue," Cliff Lee said about his muscle strain. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Cliff Lee missed a few days of throwing immediately before spring training because of a muscle strain under his armpit, but the lefthander insisted Monday he is totally healthy now.

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said an MRI was performed on Lee during the first week of February in Philadelphia. It revealed a minor strain and the Phillies held Lee out of throwing for about eight days.

That's why his first bullpen sessions in spring training were behind everyone else. Here is the full transcript of what Lee said this morning:

How did it happen?
I was just playing catch in the offseason. I had a little minor, something going on in my arm pit. I Called the trainers, went to Philadelphia, and they diagnosed it. I didn't throw for a few days, built back up and here I am. I'm perfectly fine and right with everyone else. It's not really a major issue.

So you don't feel anything anymore?

What was the feeling like?
It was different than anything I've ever felt. It was basically in my lat, under my arm pit. I felt it one day, felt it a little bit the next day and called the trainers.

On schedule to start the season?
We still have plenty of time and I feel fine. So it's a non-issue.

Did it change your preparation at all?
Yeah, obviously I would have liked to thrown the time I was shut down. It was right before spring training, so yeah, it chanegd my preparation a little bit. But it's so early that it's not going to matter. I'm going to catch up and be just fine.

How many pitches will you throw tomorrow?
I don't even know. I'm like 5 or 10 pitches behind everybody else. I'll make that up by the time the season comes around.

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