Cliff Lee's locker at Citizens Bank Park was cleaned out before Wednesday's game against the Houston Astros, a foreboding sign that suggests the injured 35-year-old will not return this season for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Lee returned from the disabled list July 21 after missing more than two months with an elbow strain, but the four-time All-Star experienced renewed discomfort in just his third start back, prompting the Phillies to place him on the disabled list for a second time this season.