Well you can cross Cliff Lee off of your list of potential trade bait options for the Phillies due to three magic words: “Elbow” and “Dr. Andrews”. Lee had an MRI on Sunday which showed “very mild inflammation”, according to GM Ruben Amaro, Jr. The lefty is expecting to hear back from Dr. Andrews regarding his second opinion within the next day or so. If Lee needs surgery, it will not only be season ending, but it could even be career ending.
”It’d be six-to-eight months out. So, basically, if I have the surgery this season will be done, possibly my career, I guess. I don’t know. We’ll have to see.” – Cliff Lee
Lee pitched for the first time on Thursday since July 31st, 2014. He pitched two scoreless innings against the Houston Astros in Grapefruit League action, but experienced elbow discomfort on Friday. Lee signed a five-year contract worth $120 million in December of 2010. This is the last guaranteed season of that contract.
While a frustrated Lee is hoping it ends up just being scar tissue, the ace very well likely could have pitched his final game in a Phillies uniform… if not in a Major League uniform.