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Cliff Lee “was trying to hurry” through his first rehab start before rain washed it away

Jul 7, 2014, 10:15 AM EST

Cliff Lee AP

Phillies ace Cliff Lee began a minor-league rehab assignment Sunday at Single-A, throwing two innings in a shorter-than-planned outing that was halted by rain.

In fact, Lee’s start never officially happened because the game was eventually suspended. But before rain washed everything away the rehabbing left-hander tossed two scoreless innings, striking out two and allowing one hit.

And via John Perrotto of CSNPhilly.com, Lee told reporters afterward:

I felt fine. I threw two cutters and everything else was a fastball. You could see the weather coming, so I was trying to hurry. It’s another step in the right direction.

Lee has been out since mid-May with a strained elbow, so even if Mother Nature abides he’ll need at least a couple more rehab starts before the Phillies feel comfortable putting him back into the rotation.

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  1. tbird05 - Jul 7, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    Considering how quickly he usually works, I bet watching him “hurry” was quite a thing to see. Bet the guys behind him were grateful.

  2. kycardsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    He’s in a hurry to get traded to a contender

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