Jul 31, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee (33) leaves the game after suffering an apparent arm injury during the third inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Cliff Lee will miss the rest of the 2014 season

Ahhh, the Phillies.

I don’t care if they’ve won two consecutive games or not, they are a painfully bad team, who I frankly, am having an increasingly hard time not rooting for. And now, for more good news.

After earlier reporting that Cliff Lee‘s locker had been cleaned out, MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki has received confirmation from Ruben Amaro that Lee will be out for the year.

Lee today visited orthopedist David Altchek at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. He confirmed the Phillies’ diagnosis of Lee’s injury, which said no surgery is required. Following Altchek’s examination, Lee returned to Philadelphia to visit the Rothman Institute in Philadelphia for a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection in the elbow.

“We hope to get him into a throwing program in October or November,” Ruben Amaro Jr. said in a telephone call late Wednesday night. “But right now he needs to rest.”

I don’t have much of a reaction this, because it isn’t really breaking news. I wasn’t holding my breath that Lee was going to get traded in August, because the Phillies weren’t going to eat a bunch of money to watch Lee pitch somewhere else and get no return for him. I’m not sure why that fairytale idea ever caught any traction.

It is good news that Lee comes out of this without needing surgery, but as Lee approaches age 36, with over 2,100 innings of mileage on his arm, there is no guarantee he ever comes out of this injury as the pitcher that he once was. It’s probably more likely that he doesn’t.

I hate to constantly have to be Mr. Negativity about the Phillies, but I’d like to think that my thoughts on this site somehow encapsulate those of the fanbase. Ruben Amaro gives us enough sugar-coated bullshit as it is, anyway.

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