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Cliff Lee throws three-inning simulated game, could be ready for a minor league rehab start

Jul 1, 2014, 6:22 PM EDT

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From beat writer Todd Zolecki of

Cliff Lee continues to recover from his strained left elbow, taking another step forward today at Marlins Park.

He threw 60 pitches in a three-inning simulated game.

“We’re on pace,” Lee said.

The veteran southpaw is hoping that his next step is going to be a minor league rehab start. A decision on that will not be made until Lee is reevaluated by team doctors on Wednesday morning. “I’ve been feeling better every day,” he said Tuesday.

Lee had a 3.18 ERA and 61/9 K/BB ratio in 68 innings before injuring his left elbow in May. If he makes it back before the July 31 trade deadline and proves his health, he’ll be a big target for contending teams.


UPDATE, 6:25 p.m. ET: A followup from’s Jim Salisbury

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 1, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    On the behalf of some Jays fans, I hope you get well soon Cliff.

    • SocraticGadfly - Jul 1, 2014 at 7:47 PM

      Sorry, but Ruben’s not eating enough of his contract for Alex to trade for him.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:35 PM

        There is an App for that in the form of Ricky Romero’s contract.

  2. sportsfan18 - Jul 2, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    60 pitches was 7 innings for Greg Maddux…

    I miss watching Greg pitch…

    76 pitch COMPLETE GAME against the Cubs…

    63 strikes out of 76 pitches…

    He pitched all 9 innings as they were on the road and they were winning…

    27 outs on 76 pitches.

    He faced 31 batters and only threw 76 pitches…

    That’s only 2.45 pitches thrown PER batter for 31 batters…

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