WASHINGTON (AP) — Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee had reached the point where he wasn't thinking about the elbow injury that had sidelined him for two months this season.
Now it's foremost on his mind.
Ben Revere tied a career-high with four hits and the Phillies defeated the Washington Nationals 10-4 on Thursday night despite Lee leaving in the third inning with an elbow injury.
After throwing ball one to Denard Span with two outs, Lee walked off the mound and tapped his left arm with his glove hand.
"It's pretty much the same thing as it was before," said Lee, who said he felt some discomfort throwing before the game and for the first few warm-up pitches each inning.
"The last inning, it never fully went away and it came on a little stronger the next six or seven pitches I threw," he said. "It was there every throw and I just felt like if I kept throwing something was going to snap and I just wanted to make sure that didn't happen."
Lee, making his third start since missing two months, left the game with an apparent recurrence of the flexor pronator strain that sidelined him in May.
The 35-year-old will be examined by the Phillies team doctor Saturday.
"I mean it was all but gone," Lee said of the injury. "It was out of my mind, and I wasn't thinking about it at all until today when I was throwing those pitches, and there it is again."
Grady Sizemore had three hits and three RBIs as the Phillies pounded out 17 hits.
Antonio Bastardo (5-4) relieved Lee and retired Span, the only batter he faced, and got the win.
Span had two hits and two RBIs.
Gio Gonzalez (6-7) failed to make it through four innings for the second time in three starts. He allowed five runs and eight hits over 3 2-3 innings.
"A lot of pitches right in the middle of the zone," catcher Wilson Ramos said. "That was a problem today. A lot of pitches up in the zone, too."
With Ryan Zimmerman sidelined, the NL East-leading Nationals bolstered their infield Thursday, acquiring two-time All-Star Asdrubal Cabrera and cash from the Cleveland Indians for shortstop Zach Walters.
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