The Phillies will place Cliff Lee the disabled list today after an MRI revealed a Grade 1/2 strain of the flexor tendon in his left elbow. Lee originally felt soreness in the elbow during his April 16th start against the Braves, and the discomfort returned during Sunday’s outing against the Reds. The MRI was ordered after he still felt sore while playing catch on Monday. While the Phillies are hopeful that Lee will be ready to go when his 15 days are up, it is far from a sure thing at this point. Lee will be shut down for a week before resuming a throwing program. The Phillies have named a replacement starter for Saturday, when Lee’s next turn comes up. However, keep an eye on David Buchanan who is currently scheduled to pitch on Saturday for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Buchanan impressed the Phillies during spring training but has struggled so far for Lehigh Valley, posting a 3.98 ERA over nine starts.
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The start of the major league season this week means we're roughly two months away from the 2014 MLB First-Year Player draft, held annually from June 6 to June 8. This year's class is especially deep on the mound, with a trio of college pitchers in left-hander Carlos Rodon (North Carolina State), right-hander Jeff Hoffman (East Carolina) and Tyler Beede (Vanderbilt) expected to come off the board within the first 10 picks. Prep standouts Brady Aiken (LHP) and Tyler Kolek (RHP) are also in the mix. There are a few impact hitters sprinkled into this year's class, as outfielder Bradley Zimmer (San Francisco) and catcher/outfielder Alex Jackson represent the top college and prep bats and will likely be drafted in the top half of the first round.
The Houston Astros have the first selection in the first-year player draft next month and are expected to select one of the top pitching prospects. The Astros are followed by the Marlins, White Sox, Cubs, and the Twins that round out the top 5 picks.
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