Lee hopeful to miss just two starts
But he did sound like a guy who doesn't believe his left oblique strain will keep him off the field long.
Lee, who landed on the 15-day DL on Saturday, said there was debate between Wednesday and Saturday whether to go the route of skipping one start vs. going on the DL.
"We were debating on whether to just miss a start or go on the 15-day DL," Lee said. "So we erred on the side of caution and play it safe. I can't really argue with that either."
The fact that Lee, the Phils medical staff and management even considered avoiding the DL and skipping one start should speak to their concern with the injury.
"I feel like it should go away," Lee said. "But I've never dealt with anything like this before. It's something different. Hope we'll miss a couple starts and it's back to normal."
Lee is eligible to return from the DL on May 4. Kyle Kendrick will start in his place Monday night in Phoenix.