Cliff Lee: I'm healthy
Cliff Lee addressed the media about a minor side injury that set him back before he arrived to spring training.
Here is complete video of Lee talking to the media this morning.
Lee, who signed a five-year, $120 million contract with the Phillies as a free agent in December, felt discomfort while playing catch at his offseason home in Arkansas last month. After reporting to Clearwater, Lee was limited to eight pitches in his first bullpen session on Tuesday.
But he was on par with the rest of his pitching peers in his next two sessions and also took part in fielding practice throughout the rest of the first week of camp.
"I was just playing catch in the offseason and I had a little minor, something going on in my arm pit," Lee said Monday morning. "I called the trainers, went to Philadelphia, and they diagnosed it. I didn't throw for a few days, built back up and here I am. I'm perfectly fine and right with everyone else. It's not really a major issue."
"We brought him in (last month), he saw (team physician) Dr. (Michael) Cicotti, decided to get an MRI done, and it revealed a mild strain in there," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "We shut him down for about a week or eight days. He came down here a little early just to make sure that we could get him on a program. He had a little bit of a shorter pen, felt great and since then he's been great."
Lee, 32, is no stranger to spring training setbacks. He pitched in just two games a year ago while with the Mariners in Cactus League play after suffering an abdominal strain. He was activated from the disabled list on April 30.
Lee continued on with the 2010 season injury-free, pitching 212 1/3 innings in 28 games with the Mariners and Texas Rangers in 2010. Lee left the Rangers as a free agent and spurned a more lucrative offer to sign with the Phillies, whom he pitched for in the second half of the 2009 season.
"He's 100 percent," Amaro said.