First it was foot surgery, then a five-game suspension. Now, Lee suffered his most significant setback yet: a strained abdomen that will force him to miss the start of the season. According to the Seattle Times, the injury may have occurred in the same game that drew the five-game suspension, when he collided with Diamondbacks’ catcher Chris Snyder. Lee is expected to miss a minimum of two weeks, possibly more. How are Mariners bloggers taking the news?
“I don’t mean to be Mr. Doom And Gloom here, but this is a pretty big deal,” writes Dave Cameron of U.S.S. Mariner. “He’s going to miss basically all of spring training between this and the foot thing surgery earlier, and pitchers are unpredictable anyway. ... There a few things we do know about pitchers, and one of them is that they don’t do particularly well when they’re less than 100 percent. Even a minor injury to some non-arm part of their body can cause them to change their mechanics, lose velocity, screw up command. ... If he misses a couple of weeks, there’s still going to be an issue of potential lingering effects. I wouldn’t count on seeing the dominant Cliff Lee at any point in April. Our expectations for what he’s going to produce in the first month of the season have to be scaled back quite a bit, even if he only misses a start or two.”
Game chat: Cole Hamels has the ball when the Phillies host the Yankees at 1:05 p.m. in Clearwater. Danys Baez, Ryan Madson and David Herndon are also on the docket.