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NL East Update: The one where Cliff Lee felt discomfort

The first scare for the Philadelphia Phillies came this Sunday when it was reported that Cliff Lee had complained of soreness near his left armpit.

This is not the thing you want to be hearing at the beginning of Spring Training, but uncomfort and soreness is part of the grind during the baseball season, in the end, Lee will be fine. Even without one of their Fab 4 starters, the Phillies will still have arguably the best rotation in baseball.

Speaking of injuries, Fish Stripes has released their “Walking Wounded Report”.

The Marlins need to take things slow at this point, especially with Chris Coghlan. He now plays a more physically demanding position that requires more running and conditioning. He says he is 100% but not game ready, meaning that he will be testing his leg a lot over the next month. Can it hold up…or will it become an issue again.

Matt Cerrone likes the vibe in Mets camp after shadowing new manager Terry Collins down in Port St. Lucie.

Collins will bring a refreshing change of pace around the organization. Willie Randolph, Jerry Manuel, (and Art Howe for that matter) were all very laid back figures who didn’t seem to have the same spark that Collins has. This is exactly what the Mets need, someone who will kick them in the rear when need be.

Chop-N-Change gives their take on the two-year extension for Atlanta Braves GM Frank Wren.

Smart move by the Braves to keep Wren around for a little bit longer. Its hard to judge his performance thus far because he has only been there for three years, but as of today, the team looks to be on the upswing and will be competitive for the next several years. What else can you ask from your GM than to have your team in the running every season?

Washington Nationals GM Mike Rizzo fully endorses manager Jim Riggleman as the skipper enters the final year of his contract.

It’s hard to gauge the job Riggleman has done with the Nationals because the team hasn’t been winning, but that isn’t necessarily his fault. This season will say a lot about him, the pieces are in place to be a competitive ball club and a realistic goal for Riggleman is to reach 80 wins.

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