Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Cliff Lee placed on DL Ruf Called up

Yesterday night the Phillies announced Cliff Lee had been placed on the DL with a grade 1/2 elbow strain. This injury is a major blow to a team that needs all of its players to be healthy. However, it seemed likely that Cliff Lee would hit the 15 day DL at some point due to his durability the past few seasons. Reports say that Lee will be out around three weeks to recover from his injury but, this could change at any moment for Lee. 
     Hopefully Lee will return to the Phillies healthy and capable to return to his form from the past few seasons. However, recent trends by other Phillies pitchers may argue against a successful return for Lee. Roy Halladay's stints on the Disabled List eventually ended his great career after the 2013 season. Let's hope for the best with Cliff as there have numerous elbow injuries this seasons with starting pitchers throughout the major leagues. Many if these resulted in Tommy John surgery which luckily is not the case for Cliff. 

In Cliff's place the Phillies have called up Darin Ruf as an extra bench player. Darin hit .247 with 14 homeruns and a .348 on base percentage in 73 games last year. His bat should help the Phillies bench by bringing some power and a good on base percentage. Darin started the season on the disabled list and then was optioned to AAA Lehigh Valley where he hit .265 with a homerun in limited action before being called up.