Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee is awaiting a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews on his ailing left elbow and says surgery would end his season and possibly his career.

The 36-year-old lefthander didn't pitch after July 31 last year because of a left flexor pronator strain. He said his left elbow felt normal as he threw two scoreless innings Thursday vs. Houston in his spring training debut, but he felt discomfort the next day. An MRI on Sunday revealed "very mild inflammation," according to General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr.

Lee realizes surgery would have major ramifications on his career.

"It'd be six to eight months out," Lee said Monday. "So, basically, if I have the surgery this season will be done, possibly my career, I guess. I don't know. We'll have to see."

Lee is entering the final guaranteed season of a $120 million, five-year contract.

Span to miss opener

Washington center fielder Denard Span had surgery to repair a right core muscle injury and will miss the Nationals' opener next month.

Manager Matt Williams said the projected time for Span's return is uncertain and added "you're looking at four to six weeks before he can start doing baseball activity again."

The ex-Twin had surgery to repair a sports hernia injury in December and reported discomfort at the start of spring training, which he attributed to offseason training.

Reggie is Mr. Auction

Y-A-N-K-E-E S-T-A-D-I-U-M is for sale.

The sign atop Yankee Stadium from 1976 until it closed in 2008, composed of 13 separate 10-foot blue letters, will be put up for auction as a single lot by Hall of Fame outfielder Reggie Jackson, auction house Sotheby's said in a news release.

Sotheby's estimated a sale price from $300,000 to $600,000 for the letters.


• Cardinals starter Lance Lynn had a magnetic resonance imaging scan taken of his hip injury and the results confirmed a hip flexor strain.

• Former All-Star pitcher Kevin Correia, 34, has agreed to a minor league contract with the Mariners. He was 7-17 with a 5.44 ERA last year for the Twins and Dodgers.