Cliff Lee May Miss Start of the Season With A Strained Abdomen

Peoria, AZ (KAIT) - The Mariners are shutting Benton native Cliff Lee down for five days in hopes his strained abdomen heals, making it likely the 2008 AL Cy Young Award winner will begin his debut season in Seattle on the disabled list.

Manager Don Wakamatsu said Friday that the team's medical staff decided the 31-year-old left-hander will do no more throwing until at least Wednesday.

Wakamatsu said the team is waiting to see how the injury responds to rest before determining if he will go on the DL. Seattle's prized winter acquisition from Philadelphia felt pain in his lower right abdomen for the second time in three days Thursday after throwing lightly on flat ground for a few minutes.

He first injured it March 15.