Cliff Lee (SP)
Lee's agent Darek Braunecker has been quoted as saying “We don’t anticipate him playing at this point.” (Source: Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: This is, surprisingly, somewhat relevant depending on where Cliff Lee went. Lee could have been a nice late round- first waiver wire pick up. It has been a very good career for Lee and some great fantasy seasons. We thank you.
After trying to pitch through the discomfort of a torn flexor tendon, Cliff Lee and the Phillies have decided to shut down the former AL Cy Young award winner with the hope that a trip to the 60 day DL will allow him enough recovery to pitch before the season ends. At this point though surgery is a matter of when, not if and it would not be a surprise to see Lee miss the season. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: At this point the concern for Lee moves away from his fantasy value and towards his future in baseball. Those who gambled on Lee should put him on the DL for now but don't let his name alone keep him on your roster. Most other players you draft will be more deserving of that spot than Lee on your roster.
Cliff Lee attempted some limited throwing activities on Friday but continues to deal with a concerning amount of discomfort in his throwing shoulder. At this time, Lee is attempting to pitch through the discomfort but with his recent history and age it is becoming more and more likely we may not see Cliff Lee play in 2015. (Source: NBC Sports )
Fantasy Impact: As a former fantasy ace, it is tough to watch Lee struggle with injuries as his career winds down. At this point though, picking Lee is a big risk and a replacement should be lined up ahead of time. Surgery is required at some point for Lee and it wouldn't be surprising if he and the team opt to do it sooner rather than later.
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According to Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News, Cliff Lee Is feeling elbow discomfort. (Source: Ryan Lawrence on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: As discomforting as this is from a trade perspective for the rebuilding Phillies, it could potentially be even more troubling from a fantasy perspective. Until a further update is given take caution when drafting Lee in the early rounds of your draft.
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Thu, Mar 5th 7:16pm EST
By Ryan Devine
Making his first trip to the mound since July 31st, Cliff Lee tossed 22 pitches across two scoreless frames. Following the start, Lee reported that everything felt normal in his left elbow.
Fantasy Impact: Coming off a left elbow strain that prematurely ended his 2014 campaign, Lee's report of feeling fine is the key take away for fantasy owners. While the lack of strikeouts and high 80s fastball aren't ideal, it also shouldn't be cause for concern. All things considered, this start is exactly what Lee needed and should be taken as a positive sign by fantasy owners.
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Fri, Feb 27th 7:32pm EST
By Matthew Jay Hutcheson Jr
According to Bob McClure, Cliff Lee will start Thursday's Grapefruit game against the Houston Astros. The news couldn't be better for Lee and for the Phillies' trade hopes this year. If Lee can stay healthy, there is no doubt that teams will come knocking. (Source: Philly.com)
Fantasy Impact: Lee's value in fantasy, as in every other aspect, is predicated on health. If he can stay healthy, Lee will be one of the better arms in baseball and fantasy. Owners will want to keep tabs on his spring training progression, but all signs are pointing up as we speak.
Wed, Feb 25th 9:33pm EST
By Kerry Kauffman
Cliff Lee last pitched in a Major League game on Jul 31 of last season against the Washington Nationals. He left that game with a sore left elbow and has been working to get back ever since. Wednesday he took a big step, as he pitched eight minutes of live batting practice. Lee had previously thrown off the mound 15 times prior to the start of spring training. (Source: CSNPhillly.com)
Fantasy Impact: Lee will probably pitch to live hitters again sometime this weekend. His next step will likely be a Grapefruit League start in a couple of weeks. There's no telling whether or not Lee will be ready to start the season, but expect Lee to be a top fantasy starter when he's fully healthy.
Category: , Injury Updates
The Philadelphia Phillies have made several moves this off season, including trading veterans Jimmy Rollins, Marlon Byrd and Antonio Bastardo. Another player who could be on the move before the season starts is starting pitcher Cliff Lee. The biggest factor on whether or not Lee is traded is his health. Lee is currently recovering from an elbow injury which sidelined him for the second half of last season. (Source: CSNPhilly.com)
Fantasy Impact: It's unclear which team would Lee would be traded to, if a trade happens. Assuming Lee is healthy and plays for a contender, he would pile up a lot of innings, wins, strikeouts and have a low ERA. That would make him one of the top fantasy starters in baseball. The key is Lee's health, so keep an eye on his progress through spring training.
Sun, Jan 18th 1:02pm EST
By Jeff Rosenberg
4x All-Star and former CY Young winner Cliff Lee is on track to compete for his second Comeback Player of the Year award this season. According to Jake Kaplan of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Cliff Lee is scheduled to begin throwing off a mound in the next seven to ten days. Recently, he's been participating in long toss drills with no pain, and all signs point to the 36-year-old being ready for Opening Day. (Source: Philadelphia Inquirer via HardBallTalk)
Fantasy Impact: Lee's stats last year were respectable for a normal pitcher but certainly below his career numbers as he dealt with elbow issues and an eventually revealed flexor pronator strain that ended his season after only 81.1 innings. During that span, Lee posted an ERA of 3.65, a 1.38 WHIP and a 72/12 K/BB ratio. The ERA could see a slight reduction if things fall right, but almost certainly we will see a healthy Cliff Lee miss more bats this season while dropping his WHIP closer to his career average of 1.196. Lee also will be amongst the players most discussed in trade talks through July and could find himself amidst a playoff run with any team aiming for October, while the Phillies look to rebuild. Lee makes for a high upside steal any time after pick 75.