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Cliff Lee is almost ready to make the next step in rehab from elbow injury

Jun 23, 2014, 8:48 PM EDT

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Cliff Lee has now been sidelined for over a month with a flexor strain in his throwing elbow. While there are still some important hurdles to cross, the Phillies are beginning to map out a plan for his return.

According to Corey Seidman of CSNPhilly.com, Lee is scheduled to throw his third bullpen session tomorrow. It will be an “up-and-down” session to essentially get him back in the groove of downtime between innings. If all goes well, he’ll progress to a simulated game this Saturday. Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg indicated that the next step could be a minor league rehab assignment.

“I don’t know if it’s one or two [rehab starts], but I would think it would be something more than a simulated game,” Sandberg said.

“He’s progressing fine, passing all of the tests. His first bullpen was quality with location and stuff, and rebounding from it the next day with the way he felt. All positive.”

If Lee stays on schedule and makes a pair of rehab starts, he could potentially be activated on July 13 against the Nationals. That’s the final day before the All-Star break. Of course, they could always give him a little extra time and bring him back for the start of the second half on July 18 against the Braves. Either way, he’ll only have a brief window to prove his health and effectiveness leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

Lee, 35, had a 3.18 ERA and 61/9 K/BB ratio in 68 innings over 10 starts prior to hitting the disabled list. He’s owed $25 million in each of the next two seasons.

  1. toodrunktotastethischicken - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    CliffWatch 2014.

  2. greymares - Jun 24, 2014 at 6:30 AM

    Thank God they need his bat in the lineup.

  3. mungman69 - Jun 24, 2014 at 7:10 AM

    Time to hit the road “AGAIN” Cliff.

  4. drush127 - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Just in time for the Yankees to trade for him.

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