Phillies starter Cliff Lee exited Thursday night's game against the Washington Nationals with an injury to his left elbow. The team is calling the injury a left flexor pronator strain, the same injury that sidelined him for two months earlier this season.
How long Lee will be sidelined remains to be seen but Lee was visibly frustrated as he left the game. As a potential August trade chip, the timing of Lee's injury is bad for general manager Ruben Amaro Jr.
Lee, who turns 36 in August, threw 2.2 scoreless innings allowing one hit and striking out four batters. He entered the night at 4-5 on the season with a 3.78 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP but he lowered his ERA to 3.65 on the season. 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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