Cliff Lee still sore, not yet cleared to throw

Cliff Lee still sore, not yet cleared to throw
May 26, 2014, 6:45 pm
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Cliff Lee landed on the 15-day DL on May 20 with left elbow soreness. (USA Today Images)

Updated 9 p.m.

When the Phillies placed Cliff Lee on the 15-day disabled list a week ago, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. expressed some hope that the left-hander would be ready to pitch by the time the DL stint was over on June 3.

Amaro acknowledged Monday that Lee will need more time than that.

How much more remains to be seen.

Lee was examined by team medical personnel on Monday. The pitcher was still feeling some soreness in his elbow and was not cleared to begin throwing.

“He’s improved,” Amaro told CSNPhilly.com. “He’s just not ready to throw yet. He’s feeling less soreness than he did, but there is some soreness.”

Lee said he had a couple of tests on Monday.

“I was hoping for the best,” he said. “But I could still feel it. It’s still there. It’s definitely better. But it’s still there. There’s no sense starting to throw while I still have symptoms.”

Lee was diagnosed with a Grade 1-2 strain of the flexor tendon. He is confident his injury is nothing more.

“It’s obvious that’s what it is,” he said.

Lee will be evaluated again in three days.

“Whenever I can do the tests without feeling it, I’ll start throwing,” he said.

Amaro said he was not worried about Lee’s physical condition.

“Not at all,” he said. “I’m worried that he’s not pitching because we need him. But overall, he’s improved. It just takes time.”

Lee began feeling soreness in his elbow in April. The soreness was more pronounced after his last start against Cincinnati on May 18. He had an MRI two days later and it revealed the strain of the flexor-pronator tendon.

Right-hander David Buchanan has come up from the minor leagues to replace Lee. He pitched five innings of two-run ball in beating the Dodgers on Saturday.

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