Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Cliff Lee's elbow is hurting, undergoes MRI

Cliff Lee had an MRI on his elbow. That's never good news. Here is what GM Ruben Amaro Jr. had to say about it:

“I guess three weeks ago was the first time that Cliff was a little bothered by some elbow tenderness. It was really mild, so he continued to pitch through it until his last outing (Sunday), the last couple of innings he started to feel more uncomfortable. So, after the game we decided to have him see Dr. Ciccotti, and Dr. Ciccotti figured it was alarming enough that we probably should do an MRI. So we did an MRI on his elbow and we’re waiting for the diagnosis.”

Is he still listed as Saturday's starter?

“He’s still in play for Saturday now, until Dr. Ciccotti
lets me know. Hopefully it’s nothing serious, but we’ll find out soon.”

Is it the elbow, or forearm?

“It's in the elbow ... It’s in the flexor area.”

Concerned about this?

“Yeah, any time one of our starters has to have an MRI,
it’s alarming.”

Did Cliff ask for the MRI? 

“Cliff hates being hurt. He hates having an issue. We had
to kind of convince him. He was taking some anti-inflammatories. Again, it was
really mild, so he continued to pitch.”

His velocity has been a little down, especially early in Sunday's game?

“I don’t know if it had anything to do with it.”

David Buchanan was pulled in the first inning in his last start...

“He had 45 pitches in the one inning. He had a left
clavicle issue (earlier this month), but he’s fine.”

Where is Cliff?

“He just landed (in Miami), I think. He stayed back.”

Amaro said he expects to have a diagnosis on Lee later tonight. Stay tuned.

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