Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee still not cleared to resume throwing

Tuesday May 27th, 2014

Cliff Lee has an ERA of 2.89 with the Phillies. (Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) Cliff Lee has 61 strikeouts and has surrendered only nine walks in 10 starts this season. (Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee is set to be re-evaluated in three days as he still has not been cleared to pitch after lingering discomfort in his elbow.

Lee has a Grade 1/Grade 2 strain in his left elbow and was placed on the 15-day disabled list last week.

Lee, 35, is 4-4 with a 3.18 ERA this season for the Phillies.

"It's definitely better than it was, but it's still there," Lee said, via the South Jersey Times. "It's a real small spot right on the edge of the bone where the flexor tendon attaches. When I have to turn (my arm) I can feel it.

"No sense in rushing it."

It's the first time I've had anything like this, and obviously I was hoping for the best," Lee said. "They did a couple tests and I can still feel it a little bit. They decided to have me wait and when I have no symptoms, I'll start throwing. I pretty much agreed with that, it makes sense. There's no sense in throwing if I can still feel it doing some of the tests they had me do."

Lee is owed $25 million each for this season and 2015, part of a five-year, $120 million contract he signed in 2010. The deal includes a $27.5 million vesting option for 2016 with a $12.5 million buyout. SI.COM STAFF: Phillies No. 27 in this week's MLB Power Rankings

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