Philadelphia Phillies starter Cliff Lee has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a mild sprain in his throwing elbow, the team announced Tuesday night.
The pitcher underwent an MRI on Tuesday after experiencing soreness in his left elbow, according to The Associated Press.
Lee threw 6 2/3 innings in the team's 8-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday, giving up two earned runs on nine hits, but stayed behind when the team traveled to Miami to have the elbow examined. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said that Lee dealt with pain for several weeks, and that the injury was "pretty mild," according to Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News.
Lee is 4-4 in his fourth year with the Phillies, and is under contract with the team through the 2016 season, when he will be 37 years old.
LHP Cliff Lee was placed on DL w/ a grade 1/2 left elbow strain. A corresponding roster move will be made at a later date. #PhilliesUpdate
— Phillies (@Phillies) May 21, 2014
Cliff Lee has a Grade 1/2 strain. "It's pretty mild," Amaro said. "But it is a strain and we want to be careful." He goes on 15-day DL. — Ryan Lawrence (@ryanlawrence21) May 21, 2014