Lee has soreness in abdomen; downplays it

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The first week of Spring Training is always the hardest. Players are trying to get themselves back into the swing of things.

That frustrating process can include minor injuries.

Cliff Lee was one of the first to experience that, straining his abdomen today down in Clearwater. But the left-handed ace assured everyone that it isn’t a big deal.

The 33-year-old southpaw skipped his bull pen session today with soreness but he said he isn’t worried.

“Better safe than sorry, especially this early,” Lee said. “It’s really it. I didn’t really think I was going to have to talk about it.”

Lee has had abdominal strains before, including most recently last season when he missed a few starts with the Seattle Mariners.

“In the past I’ve had ab strains and it was a little sore,” Lee said, “so I decided to skip my bullpen, which is a minor deal and just basically play it safe at this point.”

Lee is set to pitch his next bull pen session on Sunday.


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