When Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee left his start against the Nationals on July 31 with an elbow injury, many predicted it was the last time we'd see him pitch in 2014.
On Thursday, that became official, as MLB.com's Todd Zolecki reported Lee will not throw again until October or November. Though that's yet another tough blow for the Phillies, there is some good news. Phillies GM Ruben Amaro said Lee will not require surgery.
The injury Lee sustained is called a Grade 2 flexor pronator strain, an ailment Lee also dealt with earlier this season. The 35-year-old made 13 appearances this season before being shut down.
Lee ends the year with a 3.65 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 81 1/3 innings. The veteran will now work towards 2015 when he is owed $25 million from the Phillies. If he pitches 200 innings next season, a vesting option of $27.5 million will kick in for 2016.