Phillies' update: Cliff Lee could miss next start, Domonic Brown one week away

Although uncertain, Philadelphia Phillies ace Cliff Lee could miss his start on Friday, August 2, against the Atlanta Braves. MLB.com's Stephen Pianovich reports that Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr., has not yet decided if Lee will pitch on Friday due to Lee's stiff neck.

Lee missed his last scheduled start against the Detroit Tigers on July 26 with the neck stiffness. Raul Valdes pitched in Lee's place and will likely do so again if Lee cannot go. Amaro explained that part of the decision comes from how he wants to work the rotation for the Braves series. Said Amaro, "We're trying to figure out how we're going to set up our rotation through the course of the weekend."

If Lee can pitch, then Amaro might want to take advantage. Lee is the only Phillies starter with 10 or more games and an ERA under 4.00. Lee is 10-4 with a 3.05 ERA in 20 games.

Meanwhile, Amaro started that his prized left fielder Domonic Brown "is probably a week away" from rejoining the Phillies. Brown is on the concussion list due to hitting his head while trying to make a diving catch on July 23. He finished the game, but after complaining of dizziness, he took tests that revealed a concussion.

Brown took a new concussion test on July 31 and will have another on August 1. If his tests turn out well, he may return early next week.

Brown is having a season worthy of MVP consideration. He likely will not win it, but considering his output, he could garner a few votes. Brown is hitting .271/.316/.531 with 24 HR and 69 RBI. He also has a WAR of 3.1 for a team seven games under .500.


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