The Philadelphia Phillies have placed All-Star pitcher Cliff Lee on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain, the team announced. The move is retroactive to this past Wednesday, meaning Lee is eligible to come off the disabled list on May 4 against the Washington Nationals.
To take Lee’s spot on the official 25-man roster, the Phillies have recalled left-handed relief pitcher Joe Savery. Savery made the team coming out of spring training but was sent down to the minor leagues when right-hander Jose Contreras was activated from the disabled list.
Lee injured his side pitching during his phenomenal 10-inning shutout performance this past Wednesday. GM Ruben Amaro, Jr. said the injury occurred during the 10th inning, as Lee threw a pitch and felt a pain in his side. The injury was unrelated to Lee having pitched 10 innings, as he threw just 102 pitches in the contest. Lee did however become the first major leaguer in five seasons to pitch as many as 10 innings in a game, and the first to throw 10 shutout innings since Mark Mulder back in 2005.
Lee has struggled with oblique injuries before; he missed time in 2004, 2007, and 2010 with the injury. Spot starter Kyle Kendrick will take Lee’s start on Monday, as Kendrick has filled in the last several seasons as a long reliever and starter when needed. Kendrick has an ERA of 1.93 in four games so far this season.
Lee is in the second season of a five-year, $120 million contract he signed prior to the 2011 season.