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February 17, 2010 at 10:28 AM

Cliff Lee arrives: “Getting around pretty good”

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Greetings from sunny Peoria, where you can see Ian Snell in the photo above doing a radio interview by cellphone.
Cliff Lee just arrived for his physical and told me he only recently started feeling the pain in that foot he had operated on 12 days ago.
“The doctor looked at it and found this bony mass at the top of my foot,” he said. “I was told I could do two things: either have surgery on it right away or start taking these shots to numb the pain and keep taking them all season.’
“No way I was going to do that, so I had the surgery. I’m getting around pretty good on it right now.”

Lee has been told he’ll need about three weeks to recover, meaning about nine days (give or take) from right now. The team will know more once his physical gets done.
I went on KJR with Groz this morning, as he was filling in with Mitch, and told him the Lee situation is one of the big early news items to keep an eye on. Anytime one of your ace pitchers has surgery a week before camp, out of the blue, it’s reason for concern. But from what I saw, Lee is indeed moving freely around. It’s tough to tell he had an operation last week. As long as this is just a three-week deal, it should not be a major problem for the team. But we’ll keep an eye on it in any event.
Groz also asked me the storylines to consider at camp. I told him the ability of Ryan Rowland-Smith to pitch consistently right out of the chute is key. Rowland-Smith had a rough spring last year.
Also, that the team has to find out how often Ken Griffey Jr. can be counted on at DH, so it can figure out how to use Milton Bradley and whether he needs to DH more or play left field.
Just as I was done, Rob Johnson walked by. Obviously, Johnson is a huge storyline and whether or not he’ll be ready to open the season is a big question mark as he recovers from multiple surgeries.
Had a nice chat with Erik Bedard earlier on. He’s a guy who doesn’t know for certain when he’ll be back and won’t until spring progresses and he gets deeper into his throwing regimen. Bedard seems rather loose and relaxed. Now that word is out about his torn labrum, he and others will no longer have to keep guessing.
As for Snell, he’s still recovering from that frigid winter they’ve had in Florida. He boasts about being the only guy in Sarasota who wasn’t wearing a jacket and complaining about the cold. But he did say it impacted his fishing on a grand scale. Snell complained of seeing dead fish floating in the water (killed by the cold, one presumes) before he could even get his rod and reel in there to catch them.

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