The Philadelphia Phillies placed left-hander Cliff Lee on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a mild left elbow strain.
The Phillies said Lee’s stint on the DL is retroactive to May 19.
Lee underwent an MRI on his elbow Tuesday in Philadelphia that revealed the strain. He experienced soreness in the elbow after his last start on Sunday against the Cincinnati Reds.
Lee might be able to return as soon as he is eligible to come off the DL, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said late Tuesday night, according to ESPN.com.
"It's never good news when you lose one of your No. 1 pitchers, but it's pretty mild," Amaro said.
Amaro didn't offer a timetable.
"We just don't know yet," he said. "It could be two weeks. It could be three weeks. It could be four weeks. Who knows? It could be 30 weeks. We think it will be shorter. It's a pretty mild strain. ... We just have to be really cautious with him."
Lee, 35, is 4-4 with a 3.18 ERA in 10 starts this season. This will be Lee's fifth career DL stint and first since April 19-May 8, 2012 (left oblique strain).
Lee pitched 6 2/3 innings in a win over Cincinnati on Sunday. He said his elbow began to bother him after he threw a career-high 128 pitches in an 11-hit, complete-game loss against the Braves on April 16.
To fill his spot on the roster, the Phils recalled outfielder/first baseman Darin Ruf from triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Ruf is batting .265 with three doubles, one home run and two RBI in nine games for Lehigh Valley.
SOX SIGN DREW
The Boston Red Sox officially signed shortstop Stephen Drew to a one-year contract through the 2014 season, the team announced Wednesday.
Drew, 31, takes the 25-man roster spot of left-handed pitcher Felix Doubront, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder strain.
The activation of Drew to the roster is a seemingly temporary move as manager John Farrell said Tuesday that he expects Drew to need 10-12 days and 25 at-bats in the minors before being ready for major league action.
An eight-year major league veteran, Drew played for Boston in 2013, and helped the Red Sox to the World Series championship. The left-handed batter played in 124 games during the regular season and hit .253 with 29 doubles, eight triples, 13 home runs, 67 RBIs, 57 runs scored and 54 walks.
Drew slugged .443 in 2013, the best single-season mark by a primary Red Sox shortstop since Nomar Garciaparra slugged .524 in 2003
An MRI exam of Andrew Cashner's right elbow and forearm Monday allowed the San Diego Padres to breathe at least a temporary sigh of relief.
The test showed no reason to be immediately concerned about the state of the right-hander's ulnar collateral ligament.
Cashner was immediately placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday after coming forward and telling Padres manager Bud Black that he was experiencing discomfort in his elbow and forearm.
After reviewing the MRI, Padres team physicians recommended rest for Cashner.
"We all feel pretty good about Cash's MRI," Black said. "It looks to be a positive outcome. In this case, we feel good. We don't mind hearing this news."
News of Cashner's elbow issue raised concerns that the Padres could have another promising pitcher undergo Tommy John surgery.
Since the start of the 2012 season, the Padres list of Tommy John recipients includes left-handers Cory Luebke (twice) and Juan Pablo Oramas and right-handers Casey Kelly, Josh Johnson, Joe Wieland and Jason Marquis.
DODGERS LOSE URIBE
Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe is headed to the disabled list after injuring his right hamstring during Tuesday night's game.
Defensive specialist Erisbel Arruebarrena was being summoned from the minor leagues to bolster the Dodgers' infield depth and take Uribe's spot on the roster. The Cuban signed a $25 million contract with the Dodgers during the offseason.
Uribe sprained the hamstring when he was running to second base after doubling in the 11th inning on Tuesday night in a game against the New York Mets. He was making just his fourth start since a hamstring problem sidelined him for five games.
In 40 games this season, Uribe is batting .303 with four home runs and 18 RBIs.
Justin Turner and Chone Figgins are expected to fill in for Uribe at third during his recovery.
VOTTO ON THE DL
The Cincinnati Reds placed first baseman Joey Votto on the 15-day disabled list and activated outfielder Jay Bruce on Wednesday.
Votto has a sprained left knee and last played in a doubleheader on May 15. The move was retroactive to May 16.
Votto is batting .257 this season with a National League-leading 33 walks but was hitting just .209 in May.
Bruce underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee. He last played on May 4.
In 30 games this year, Bruce is batting .216 and has just three home runs.