It’s been a while since there was an update on Cliff Lee’s progress taking the rest-and-rehab route to avoid surgery on a torn flexor tendon, but it sounds like not much has changed.
Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that Lee has been resting at home in Arkansas since spring training and traveled to Philadelphia earlier this week to be examined, with the team telling him afterward to wait another 3-4 weeks before trying to do any throwing.
Here’s what general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told Salisbury:
He’s doing well. He’s in great shape. He’s taking care of himself, but he’s not really prepared to start throwing yet. We’ll see what happens over the next month or so. Probably in another month or so we’ll know a little more. Best-case [scenario] he’d be throwing right about now. He’s not ready to do it.
Surgery would knock out Lee for ninth months and at age 36 could mean the end of career, which is why the former Cy Young winner is avoiding it at all costs. He’s being paid $25 million this season and the Phillies will buy out his 2016 option for $12.5 million, making him a free agent.
It’s looking more and more like we’ve already seen Lee in a Phillies uniform for the final time.