Cliff Lee placed on DL
Lee suffered a left oblique strain in the 10th inning of Wednesday night's game in San Francisco. He is eligible to return from the DL on May 4, but it remains unclear if the injury will take longer than two weeks to subside.
"I hope not," Phils GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said when asked if it could take longer than 15 days. "But again, obliques you just don't know how long they're going to take. He's shown improvement. We're hopeful that he's only going to miss a couple of starts. We have an off day in between. If we can slide him in on the 15th or 16th day, that would be great."
Kyle Kendrick will start in Lee's place on Monday night in Phoenix against the Diamondbacks.
Lee is coming off one of the most dominant starts of his career. He held the San Francisco Giants to 10 hits, while striking out seven and walking zero, in a career-high 10 innings of a 1-0 loss at AT&T Park.
Amaro didn't believe the 10 innings had anything to do with Lee's injury. Lee only needed 102 pitches to get through those 10 innings.
"I don't think so; it just happened," Amaro said. "He was moving through that game pretty well and efficiently. He didn't show any signs of fatigue. He was crisp in the 10th."
Amaro said Lee felt his left side "grab" on one of the pitches he threw in the 10th.
Fellow left-hander Joe Savery was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take Lee's place on the 25-man roster. He is expected to be in San Diego and available for Sunday's series finale at Petco Park.
"It's improved each day but we're being very cautious with this," Amaro said of Lee's injury. "There's no reason for him to completely blow it out. It's an injury that if he really pulls it, we could lose him for a long time. We'll be cautious with him, shut him down, and get him right. Hopefully he only misses a couple of starts."