Phillies Notes: Phillies' Lee on being placed on waivers: What's the big deal?

Posted: August 07, 2012

It has been quite a week for Phillies lefthander Cliff Lee. He was not dealt at Tuesday's non-waiver trade deadline but was placed on waivers, claimed by the Los Angeles Dodgers, and finally pulled back by the Phillies.

So, Lee, who has an estimated $95 million left on his contract, is with the Phillies. He says he is happy to stay but is also miffed that this situation received so much attention.

"I think it was way overblown because they put a lot of players on waivers through the year," Lee said after receiving a no-decision while working eight innings in Sundays' 5-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citizens Bank Park.

The fact that he was claimed made it a bigger story to most but not to Lee.

"It happens all the time. I don't understand why this is a big story," he said. "A lot of guys on this team probably were on waivers and claimed, and nothing came of it, and I don't know why it's a big deal because of me."

Lee has maintained throughout the process that he hasn't worried about any of the rumors and has just concentrated on pitching. He also made it clear that he prefers to stay exactly where he is.

"I signed here to play here, and they signed me to play here," he said. "As far as I know, they want me to pitch here."

Moment of silence

Before the game there was a moment of silence for Garrett Reid, the 29-year-old son of Eagles coach Andy Reid and his wife, Tammy. On Sunday, Garrett Reid was found dead in his dorm room at Lehigh. Garrett Reid had been assisting the team, helping out with strength and conditioning during training camp.

Day (almost) off

Jimmy Rollins was supposed to get the day off, but he ended up pinch-hitting for Michael Martinez in the eighth inning and remained at shortstop. Martinez is batting .137 after going 0 for 3.

Rollins, who popped up, has appeared in 105 of the team's 108 games. He's in the midst of an 0-for-13 slump.

Not-so-regular duty

Domonic Brown's recall from the minors last week and his subsequent regular use in left field has cut down on the playing time of Juan Pierre.

On Sunday, Pierre made the most of his brief appearance, scoring the winning run after opening the ninth inning with a pinch-hit single.

It was Pierre's first official at-bat since Tuesday, yet he's not complaining about the reduced playing time.

"I don't think anybody thought I had this many at-bats for the Phillies," said Pierre, now batting .314 in 277 at-bats. "I am grateful for every chance I have to play and come to play hard, and that is where I am at and all I can control."


Contact Marc Narducci at 856-779-3225 or mnarducci@phillynews.com, or follow on Twitter @sjnard.

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