Cliff Lee has a tender elbow. He required an MRI exam Tuesday in Philadelphia. Results were not immediately known.
“He’s battled some elbow tenderness for about three weeks,” general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said before Tuesday night’s game against the Marlins. “He’s been able to pitch through it. He felt a little more uncomfortable in his last couple of innings Sunday. He saw Dr. [Michael] Ciccotti and Dr. Ciccotti felt it was alarming enough to do an MRI. We’re awaiting the results.”
Lee’s fastball velocity has been down in recent starts. Amaro said the pitcher had recently been treated with anti-inflammatory medicine.
For real, God hates us. Only explanation I got left. Eagles go on improbable late-season run and show signs of being a contender in the NFC and lose a winnable home playoff game and then are forced to cut their star wide receiver for reasons that are unexplainable. Flyers go on a similar run and take the Rangers to the brink after their starting goalie misses the first three games of the series with a freak concussion… and lose. Sixers lose all winter and don’t get a top 2 pick. The Phillies– they suck, and now Cliff Lee could maybe possibly potentially be seriously hurt and his lone, unfortunate remaining value to the club, trade bait, could be in jeopardy. Anything else? Union goalie lose a foot or anything like that?
Side note: His velocity hasn’t really been down:
This worries me. Usually with mild injuries to stars the Phillies just declare it a “day-to-day” thing and then don’t let us know more until the player is out 6-to-8 weeks. With such a quick admittance of a strain and DL announcement, I fear the worst for Lee. I fear death.