Lee’s Discomfort Remains, Harang Scratched

Cliff Lee, Aaron HarangA little more than three weeks before Opening Day the Phillies have some legitimate health questions about their rotation.

Cliff Lee threw again today, but said the discomfort in his left elbow remains. He is trying to pitch with a tear in the common flexor tendon, but if he cannot pitch season-ending surgery is the next option.

The Phillies scratched Aaron Harang from tomorrow’s start against the Tigers in Lakeland, Fla., because he has “lower back discomfort.” The Phillies said it is precautionary, and Harang is day to day.

“I’m not that concerned about it,” Ryne Sandberg said. “It’s a muscular thing that he has.”

This is the second time Harang has missed a start this spring because of his back. He pitched Monday against the Orioles and said his back felt fine.

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