Cliff Lee doubtful he'll be ready for Mariners opener
Left-hander Cliff Lee felt tightness in his strained lower abdomen and said he's doubtful he'll be ready to pitch when the season opens on April 5.
Seattle Times staff reporter
PEORIA, Ariz. — Mariners pitcher Cliff Lee felt tightness in his strained lower abdomen when he played catch Tuesday and said he doubts he'll be ready to pitch when the season opens.
The Mariners' first game is at Oakland on April 5.
"It doesn't look very good," Lee said. "I mean, I just played catch today. It's getting pretty close to decision time and I don't really know where I'm at just yet. If everything were to go perfectly from here, there would maybe be an outside chance I could do it, but I don't know. We'll see what happens (Wednesday)."
The left-hander played catch for less than 10 minutes Tuesday. He plans to play catch every other day while recovering.
Lee, expected to be the No. 2 starter, also is appealing a five-game suspension after being ejected for throwing a pitch over the head of Arizona's Chris Snyder last week. A hearing is scheduled Monday in Phoenix.
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