The Philadelphia Phillies, who are already struggling with injuries to offensive players this year, took a hit to their pitching staff today, as starter Cliff Lee was placed on the 15 day DL with a strained oblique muscle.
The injury was suffered by Lee in the tenth inning of the Phillies 1-0 loss to the Giants on Wednesday. Lee threw ten scoreless innings in the game, but an equally as dominant outing from Matt Cain of the Giants led to the Phillies starter earning a no decision on the night in the eventual Phillies loss.
To replace Lee in the rotation, the Phillies will start Kyle Kendrick on Monday in Arizona against the Diamondbacks. Joe Savery has been recalled from AAA Lehigh Valley to take Lee’s spot on the active roster.
The downgrade from Lee to Kendrick in the rotation is massive, but the Phillies are hoping that Lee will only miss a couple of starts. However, the oblique strain is on Lee’s left side, which probably would affect the left-hander more than it would if it was on his right side. An oblique strain is something that can nag for quite awhile, but it most commonly occurs in hitters. If Lee isn’t healthy for a good chunk of time for the Phillies, it would have an extremely adverse impact on the team…but I’m not telling you anything you don’t know.