WASHINGTON — Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee, who recently returned after missing two months with a left elbow strain, left in the third inning of Thursday night’s game at Washington.
The Phillies announced that Lee had a recurrence of the left flexor pronator strain that sidelined him in May. They gave no time table for Lee’s return.
After throwing ball one to Denard Span with two outs in the third, a frustrated Lee walked off the mound, looked into the Phillies dugout, and tapped his left arm with his glove hand.
Manager Ryne Sandberg and the team trainer came out, and Lee left the game which was scoreless.
In his third start since coming off the disabled list, Lee (4-5) retired the first seven batters before Danny Espinosa’s one-out double in the third.
Lee had pitched 10º innings in his first two starts back, allowing nine runs and 21 hits, while walking three and striking out seven.
Twins sign Suzuki to extension
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Minnesota Twins signed All-Star catcher Kurt Suzuki to a two-year, $12 million contract extension.
The Twins got the deal done on Thursday, keeping a respected veteran around the clubhouse on a team that continues to struggle in the standings.
Suzuki has been one of the few bright spots for the Twins this season. He signed a one-year deal in the offseason and has delivered one of his finest stories. He will turn 31 in October, but made his first All-Star team and is hitting .304 with two home runs and 41 RBIs.
• Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer will be out three to six weeks with a stress fracture of the third finger of his right hand.