Cliff Lee experiences back discomfort, returns to Texas for exam, injection


Cliff Lee experiences back discomfort, returns to Texas for exam, injection


Evan Grant – The Dallas Morning News


KANSAS CITY – After Rangers LHP Cliff Lee admitted to club officialsTuesday night that he’s recently been bothered by lower back discomfort, he was sent back to Texas for an exam by team orthopedist Dr. Keith Meister. Meister determined the injury was muscular in nature and gave Lee a “trigger point” injection of anti-inflammatory drugs. Whether he makes his next scheduled start is still to be determined.


Though Lee told reporters after Tuesday’s 4.2 inning start that he felt no need for an extra day of rest, he told Rangers officials a different story. Rangers assistant GM Thad Levine said Wednesday that Lee gave indications Tuesday night was not the first time he’s been bothered by the back problem.



Over his last three starts, Lee has pitched like a guy with something bothering him. Each start has set a new standard for his shortest outing of the year. He went from 5.2 innings to five to 4.2 on Tuesday. His ERA during that stretch: 9.98 (17 earned runs in 15.1 innings). He has allowed hitters a .370 batting average during that time.


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