Phillies shut down Cliff Lee due to elbow soreness

The Philadelphia Phillies have temporarily shut down left-hander Cliff Lee after the team announced the veteran is dealing with discomfort in his pitching elbow.

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The Phillies said Sunday that Lee underwent an MRI on Friday. The MRI showed mild inflammation but did not indicate any ligament damage. The Phillies have scratched Lee from his next scheduled spring start Tuesday.

Lee, who started only 13 games last season due to an elbow strain, will likely resume throwing Monday, and the team said he "will progress his throwing program as tolerated."

The Phillies remain cautious as the former Cy Young Award winner missed the final two months of last season with elbow issues.

"Any time it's the elbow, you have to be concerned," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "We have to be concerned because it's the area he felt something before. We don't think it's acute, but we have to be cautious."

The Phillies said they have sent the MRI results to renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion.

Lee, 36, went 4-5 with a 3.65 ERA last year in 81 1/3 innings after pitching at least 200 innings in eight of the previous nine seasons. He made his spring training debut last Thursday, allowing two hits in two innings. Lee said he felt "normal" after throwing 22 pitches.


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