Chad Billinglsey returns to the Phillies starting rotation, David Buchanan on the mend

View image | The Phillies starting rotation has undergone many setbacks during this season. While it appeared that the Phillies would be ready to start the season with a rotation that included Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Aaron Harang, Jerome Williams, and David Buchanan, the Phillies have had to rely...
Via Philliedelphia
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Five injuries that are having the biggest effect on the playoff race

We’re approaching the midway point of the 2015 season, and the playoff races in the American and National Leagues are still quite tight. And while every team has dealt with injuries in one form or another this year, not all of those injuries are created equal. Yeah, it sucks for the Phillies that Cliff Lee hasn’t thrown a pitch this year…but it’s not as if Philadelphia...
Via Bloguin Best
1 day ago  |  Discuss

The Winner of the Bartolo Colon Trade, 13 Years Later

Happy Anniversary everyone! Be honest, you forgot again, didn’t you? Today is the 13th anniversary of the date most consider to be the end of the 1990’s Indians and the beginning of the reconstruction project that culminated in a near World Series appearance in 2007. That’s right, the Bartolo Colon trade happened exactly 13 years ago today. Normally, things that happened over...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Today in Tribe History: June 27, 2002

2002 – The Indians enter rebuilding mode, as the club deals staff ace Bartolo Colon and minor league pitcher Tim Drew to the Montreal Expos for three future star prospects and veteran first baseman/outfielder Lee Stevens. Colon, off to a 10-4 start for the Tribe with a 2.55 ERA in 16 starts, is dealt to a contending Expos team as the Indians cannot seem to push over the .500 mark...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillippe Aumont elects free agency, ending the 2009 Cliff Lee trade nightmare

When the Phillies dealt Cliff Lee to Seattle in 2009, it didn't make much sense because it seemed like some of the teams' best days were right ahead of them. They had the best record in 2011 and won the NL East in 2010. In an attempt to replenish some...
Via Philliedelphia
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Cliff Lee injury update: he’s not ready to throw

Cliff Lee has spent the whole season thus far on the disabled list for the Philadelphia Phillies. Lee was put on the 60-day disabled list during spring training in an attempt to rehabilitate a torn common flexor tendon without having surgery.  Lee, who has been resting and rehabbing his injured elbow at home in Arkansas since shutting down in March, was in Philadelphia for an exam...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee has setback, still not ready to throw

You may have forgotten that Cliff Lee is still on the Phillies payroll and even on the Phillies roster, though disabled. While the Phillies originally though Lee might start throwing around now in the middle of March when he announced he would forego surgery to try to rehab, Lee is...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies' Cliff Lee won't begin throwing for at least another 3-4 weeks

The Philadelphia Phillies hoped that left-handed starter Cliff Lee would at least be throwing on flat ground by now, but that hope will be further delayed after a recent doctor's visit. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Wednesday that Lee, who was shut down in March with an elbow injury, had an exam in Philadelphia on Tuesday that showed he's still not ready to throw a baseball...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Philadelphia Phillies are not an easy fix

The Philadelphia Phillies are having another disastrous season. Since the Phillies 2011 campaign when they went 102-60, the team has not eclipsed a .500 winning percentage. There is no easy fix for this team, there is a much bigger problem than that. The Phillies have multiple big money contracts that, in hindsight, might not have been the best deals for them. Ryan Howard is having...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Red Sox To Announce Indians’ Carl Willis As New Pitching Coach

Carl Willis confirmed Friday night that he will be taking over as the Boston Red Sox’s new pitching coach. “They’re to announce it for me (Saturday),” Willis said, via The Columbus Dispatch. “The deal was I didn’t want to leave until the Indians could arrange for someone to get here. And they’re prepared to get through the weekend without somebody in Boston. So getting...
May 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Cliff Lee Selling Incredible Philadelphia Condo For $6.9M (Photos)

Cliff Lee is at a crossroads in his career. The Philadelphia Phillies ace is on the 60-day disabled list and might need season-ending elbow surgery. It also happens to be the final guaranteed season of his five-year, $120 million contract. And while the 36-year-old hasn’t said much about retiring, he might have given Major League Baseball fans a hint by putting his $6.9 million...
May 06, 2015  |  Discuss

The rise and fall of Chase Utley

In the 2009 World Series, the Phillies were seeking their second straight title and they faced the New York Yankees who won 103 games that season.  The Phillies lost the series in six games and it was only thanks to Cliff Lee that it wasn’t a sweep. Well, Lee and the second baseman, Chase Utley, who in the Phillies two wins in that series, hit four homers and knocked in six...
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May 04, 2015  |  Discuss

The rise and fall of Chase Utley

In the 2009 World Series, the Phillies were seeking their second straight title and they faced the New York Yankees who won 103 games that season.  The Phillies lost the series in six games and it was only thanks to Cliff Lee that it wasn’t a sweep. Well, Lee and the second baseman, Chase Utley, who in the Phillies two wins in that series, hit four homers and knocked in six...
Via Bloguin Best
May 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Looks like the end is near: Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee puts Philadelphia home up for sale

Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee could be approaching the end of his baseball career, thanks to elbow issues. While Lee gives it one more shot to try to rehab his arm through rest, Lee must be looking ahead to an imminent end of his career. Or at least, his Phillies career....
Via Philliedelphia
April 21, 2015  |  Discuss

The Mets are trying to overcome early season injuries

As the classic Queen song goes, “another one bites the dust.” This could also serve as the April refrain for the New York Mets. On Tuesday, third baseman David Wright was placed on the 15-day DL due to a strained hamstring. Wright joins the growing list of players for the Mets that are currently not contributing to the play on the field. While expectations for the Mets were...
Via The Outside Corner
April 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Phillippe Aumont Outrighted to Triple-A

This has been a long time coming. Perhaps the most prized prospect of the deal that sent Cliff Lee to Seattle in 2009 looks to have finally lost his spot on the 40-man roster. Early Wednesday morning, CSNPhilly's Jim Salisbury reported that Aumont had been sent to the minors, but...
Via Philliedelphia
April 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Why the Phillies are struggling to trade Cole Hamels

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Perhaps the most interesting trade piece to watch throughout the spring and throughout the season is Cole Hamels. There is no doubt that Hamels is a very attractive player, so why on earth can the Phillies not find a deal? Why don’t we look at some possible reasons. Asking price – Perhaps the most glaring reason, the Phillies are clearly asking...
Via Sports-Glory
March 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Buchanan Poised for Breakout Season?

After it was announced that Cliff Lee will be placed on the 60-day disabled list, David Buchanan will need to step up for the Phillies. So far this spring, he has done that. The 25-year-old right-hander could be as high as the number two starter behind Cole Hamels in the starting rotation if his success on the mound continues. In 11 innings-pitched this spring, Buchanan has held...
Via Phillies Nation
March 18, 2015  |  Discuss

$27.5 million cash grab: Cliff Lee ignoring recommendation for surgery is all about the money

View image | We all love(d) Cliff Lee. The 2009 Phillies season and playoffs were some of the most exciting, enjoyable baseball of my lifetime. When Lee returned to the Phillies as a free agent, baseball was at its all-time high in the City of Philadelphia. Now, the Phillies...
Via Philliedelphia
March 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Lee placed on 60-day DL, will try rehab

The Philadelphia Phillies have placed Cliff Lee on the 60-day disabled list with a left forearm strain. He will be brought to Philadelphia periodically to be evaluated to determine a time at which he might be able to begin a throwing program again.
Via Philly Sports Live
March 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Cliff Lee Placed on 60-Day Disabled List

Philadelphia Phillies’ pitcher Cliff Lee has been placed on the 60-day DL after again suffering from a left forearm strain. The strain is the same one that derailed Lee’s 2014 season, in which he started only 12 games. From the looks of things, that strain is determined to derail his 2015 season as well. Lee and the Phillies have opted to attempt a non-surgical recovery, as...
Via Hot Stove MLB
March 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Cliff Lee, now on 60-day disabled list, will try rehab over surgery for a third time

On Monday afternoon, the Phillies announced what we all knew was coming at one point or another. In an official team release, Cliff Lee has officially been placed on the 60-day disabled list. At this point, they are opting not to go with surgery, but rather to rely on rehab...
Via Philliedelphia
March 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Phillies Put Cliff Lee on 60-Day DL

It appears as though Cliff Lee and the Phillkes will give rehab one more shot before opting for surgery.  The Phillies called a press conference Monday evening to announce the move–Lee to to 60-day DL. They will shut him down completely and begin a rehabilitation process once his elbow is rested enough. Lee noted in the press conference that surgery has been recommended for him...
Via Phillies Nation
March 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Fantasy Impact: Cliff Lee Injury

Injuries can cripple any team at any point during the season. It is only Spring Training and there are already teams getting hit hard by the injury bug. One of those teams is the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies were injury-riddled last season, and it looks like those injuries will continue into 2015. Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee has a tear in his flexor tendon in his...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
March 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Phillies are not speaking about Cliff Lee's status

Photo: Rappa This is the $27.5 million question: will Cliff Lee pitch in 2015? If Lee finishes 2015 with the Phillies, his $27.5 million option will vest for 2016. If Lee is healthy and pitching well, the Phillies can trade him. As time goes on, Lee's status remains worrysome...and...
Via Philliedelphia
March 15, 2015  |  Discuss
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