Veteran left-hander Cliff Lee was limited to 81 1/3 innings (13 starts) last season due to elbow trouble, and he’s apparently not done with that battle.
Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News reports that Lee is complaining of discomfort in his left elbow after throwing two innings Thursday in his Grapefruit League debut. Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com says Lee had an MRI on the elbow Saturday and it showed no structural damage to his ulnar collateral ligmanet. It’s a flexor pronator problem — the same thing that plagued him in 2014.
Lee was supposed to be trade bait this spring or summer for the rebuilding Phillies, but it’s hard to see a team biting from this current vantage point. The 36-year-old is due a $25 million salary in 2015 and his $27 million vesting option for the 2016 season carries a whopping $12.5 million buyout.