Phillies starter Cliff Lee threw 2.2 scoreless innings allowing one hit and striking out four batters on Thursday night against the Washington Nationals before exiting the game with an elbow injury. The team is calling the injury a left flexor pronator strain, the same injury that sidelined him for two months earlier this season.
MLB.com's Todd Zolecki reports Lee could be out for the remainder of the season. Lee is slated to see a doctor on Saturday and a decision will be made about his future at that point. Following the game, Lee said surgery is "obviously a possibility."
Lee, who turns 36 in August, is 4-5 on the season with a 3.65 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. It was just the third start for Lee since he returned from the disabled list. In his previous two starts, he allowed nine runs on 21 hits with three walks and seven strikeouts in 10.2 innings of work.
Lee is owed what remains of his $25 million this season plus a guaranteed $25 million next season. He has a $27.5 million vesting option in 2016 with 200+ innings pitched but it comes along with a $12.5 million vesting option. In short, he is guaranteed at least $37.5 million over the next two seasons.
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