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Philadelphia Phillies Cliff Lee May Be Done For Season

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PhilliesPhiladelphia Phillies left hander, Cliff Lee, may have pitched his final inning the 2014 season.

Lee, who was making just his 3rd start since returning from a left elbow strain, was promptly returned to the disabled list after leaving Thursday’s contest with the Washington Nationals in the 3rd inning.

The Phillies announced that Lee experienced a recurrence of the flexer pronator strain that put him on the DL back in May. Lee told reporters after the game that it is possible that he will miss the remainder of the season.

“At this point, that’s probably the case,” Lee said.

Lee is scheduled to be examined by a team doctor on Saturday, where they may be able to determine if the injury is as severe as Lee fears.

Lee left the game after throwing one pitch to Denard Span with two outs in the 3rd, at which point he walked off the mound, looked toward the Phillies dugout and pointed at his left elbow.

Lee indicated that he hadn’t felt particularly warming up before the game, with discomfort returning during the warm up pitches before each inning.

“The last inning, it never fully went away and it came on a little stronger the next six or seven pitches I threw,” Lee said. “It was there every throw and I just felt like if I kept throwing, something was going to snap, and I just wanted to make sure that didn’t happen.”

Antonio Bastardo replaced Lee after he left the game.

Based on what Lee has said about the injury, it is very likely that the Phillies shouldn’t expect Lee back at any point this year.

In Lee’s 13 starts this year, he has a 4-5 record with a 3.65 ERA, 81.1 innings pitched, and 72 strikeouts.

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