Phillies starter Cliff Lee threw 2.2 scoreless innings allowing one hit and striking out four batters on July 31st 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.
It is official Lee's season is over. But there is good news. MLB.com's Todd Zolecki reports Lee met with Dr. David Altcheck at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York on Wednesday and Altcheck said surgery would not be required to fix the lingering elbow issue. Lee received a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection at the Rothman Institute in Philadelphia following his consultation in New York.
General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said he hopes Lee can get on a throwing program in October or November.
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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