MLB notes: Lee not rushing return for Phillies

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee (33) pitches in the first inning against the...

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee (33) pitches in the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Citizens Bank Park last week. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)


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Cliff Lee's left elbow injury will be re-evaluated this week but the 35-year-old Philadelphia Phillies starter vows not to rush his return.

Lee is not yet cleared to begin a throwing program because of lingering discomfort in the southpaw's elbow.

"It's definitely better than it was, but it's still there," Lee told the South Jersey Times. "It's a real small spot right on the edge of the bone where the flexor tendon attaches. When I have to turn (my arm) I can feel it. No sense in rushing it."

Lee was placed on the disabled list last week with what the Phillies assessed as a Grade 1/Grade 2 strain.

Lee, who is owed $25 million this season and the same amount in 2015, is 4-4 with a 3.18 ERA this season for the Phillies.

"It's the first time I've had anything like this, and obviously I was hoping for the best," Lee said. "They did a couple tests and I can still feel it a little bit. They decided to have me wait and when I have no symptoms, I'll start throwing. I pretty much agreed with that, it makes sense. There's no sense in throwing if I can still feel it doing some of the tests they had me do."


Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton is unlikely to return as expected this week due to a bone bruise in his left thumb. Hamilton sustained a torn ligament in his left thumb April 8.

While on a rehab assignment, he was jammed by a fastball and experienced discomfort. He was expected to take two days off and possibly resume batting practice Wednesday or Thursday at Salt Lake.

Hamilton hurt his thumb on a head-first slide into first base in Seattle.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Hamilton looked great for the first day of batting practice last week but he cautioned, "This was just the first step to the last hurdle."

Hamilton, coming off a disappointing first season with the Angels in 2013, was off to a hot start before the injury. In eight games, he was hitting .444 (12-for-27) with two homers, six RBI and a 1.286 on-base-plus-slugging percentage.

The Angels are receiving relatively good production from the reserve outfielders in Hamilton's absence, primarily from Collin Cowgill.


Carlos Marmol agreed to a minor-league deal with the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday.

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported the deal is for one year.

Marmol was released by the Miami Marlins on May 19, a week after he had been designated for assignment.

Marmol, 31, pitched 13 1/3 innings for the Marlins and had an ERA of 8.10. He signed a minor-league deal with the Marlins after pitching for the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers.


The Texas Rangers and injuries have gone hand-in-hand this season. The latest is ace right-hander Yu Darvish.

Darvish didn’t make his scheduled start against the Minnesota Twins Tuesday night because of neck stiffness. He was sidelined from March 17 to April 6 with a similar problem.

Darvish will undergo a precautionary MRI. No replacement starter was immediately named.

The 27-year-old Darvish has a 4-2 record with a 2.35 ERA and 71 strikeouts in 61 1/3 innings this season.

Meanwhile, the Rangers announced that first baseman Prince Fielder underwent successful surgery for a cervical fusion in his neck.

Fielder is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

Fielder, who joined the Rangers this season after he was acquired from the Detroit Tigers, was batting .247 with three home runs in 42 games before the injury. He has a career .285 batting average with 288 home runs.


The Cleveland Indians placed infielder Nick Swisher on the 15-day disabled list with a hyperextended left knee and catcher-infielder Carlos Santana on the seven-day concussion DL Tuesday.

To fill the roster spots, the Indians selected the contract of catcher Geortge Kottaras from triple-A Columbus and recalled infielder Jesus Aguilar from Columbus. The Tribe also designated right-hander Blake Wood for assignment.

Santana was hit on the head by a foul ball on Sunday during a game against Baltimore and began to experience concussion-like stymptoms. He did not play in Monday's game against the Chicago White Sox.

The 33-year-old Swisher has only been on the DL once previously during his career, which came in May 2005 while he was with the Oakland Athletics. Swisher experienced knee soreness for the past week and left Monday's game against the White Sox in the eighth inning.

In 49 games this season, Swisher is batting .211 with three home runs and 19 RBI.

Kottaras played in one game for the Indians earlier this season and became the first Cleveland batter to hit a home run in each of his first two plate appearances.

Aguilar was with the Indians from May 15 to May 19 and appeared in four games. He is batting .286 (42-147) with seven home runs and 19 RBI in 42 games for Columbus.


Kansas City Royals pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer will miss 6-8 months with a strained muscle in his right side.

Zimmer, the No. 1-ranked prospect in the organization, according to Baseball America, has not yet pitched this season.

He was the No. 5 pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.

Zimmer made 22 starts (6-9, 4.32 ERA) split between Class A Wilmington and double-A Northwest Arkansas.

He had surgery to remove bone chips in his pitching elbow after the 2012 season and last season ended prematurely due to a case of biceps tendonitis in his right arm. Zimmer went 2-1 with a 1.93 ERA for Northwest Arkansas, but his season ended after two starts in August.