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Cliff Lee is available out of the Phillies’ bullpen tonight

Oct 5, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

Cliff Lee

Cliff Lee threw 110 pitches Sunday in a Game 2 loss, but manager Charlie Manuel told reporters that the left-hander will be available out of the Phillies’ bullpen in relief of Roy Oswalt tonight.

Lee would normally do his between-starts throwing today, so instead he’ll skip that and be ready to pitch an inning or two if needed against the Cardinals. And it sounds like Manuel is treating him like more than just an emergency option.

Lee’s last relief appearance came in 2007 for the Indians, when he was demoted to Triple-A in the middle of the season and returned in September as a reliever. He won the AL Cy Young award the next year and has made 136 starts since then, including the playoffs.

  1. b7p19 - Oct 5, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    Just don’t pitch him in the 9th, only certain guys can do that.

  2. drmonkeyarmy - Oct 5, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    If the game is tight it sure sounds like Charlie is going to use him. Charlie upon being asked if he plans to use Lee tonight, “I sure do.”

  3. phrontiersman - Oct 5, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    Let’s hope he has a lead to protect.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Oct 5, 2011 at 4:22 PM

      Depending on what team you support that could be construed differently. If a Phillies fan, the comment would be taken on face value. If a Cardinal fan, it would be a cheeky comment because of the lead Lee blew the other day.

      • Francisco (FC) - Oct 5, 2011 at 4:38 PM

        Seeing that he uses a ph in Frontier, I think the comment should be taken at face value.

  4. halladaysbiceps - Oct 5, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    I like this idea. Cliff Lee out of the bullpen tonight is a great idea if needed. The Phillies need to take this game tonight. You pull out all the stops to win tonight. No need to make this a 5 game series.

  5. jb347 - Oct 5, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    Since it worked so well for Lincecum last year in the NLCS?

  6. cowboysoldiertx - Oct 5, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    I am hoping it works out. I am hoping to see the Phils in the series. i am hoping and knowing the Rangers or Yankees will kick those fruity brother lover’s butts!

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