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Cliff Lee tosses four innings in rehab start at Single-A

Jul 10, 2014, 10:15 AM EST

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Cliff Lee‘s first minor-league rehab start was cut short by bad weather, but the Phillies left-hander took the mound at Single-A for the second time last night and tossed four innings as planned.

Lee allowed three runs against the Rays’ affiliate, striking out four and walking one while throwing 44 of his 59 pitches for strikes.

Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that Lee will likely make a third rehab start Monday, also at Single-A, at which point the Phillies may decide he’s ready to come off the disabled list after missing the past two months with a strained elbow.

That probably won’t leave enough time for Lee to convince contending teams he’s a healthy asset prior to the July 31 trade deadline, but considering the size of the 35-year-old’s contract he could also be moved during the August waiver trading period. Lee is making $25 million this season and is owed another $25 million in 2015 and $27.5 million or a $12.5 million buyout in 2016.

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  1. cincinata - Jul 10, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    Too little and way too late. I don’t care if they beat the Brew Crew 4 in a row. They are not going anywhere this year.

    • stupidusername - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:05 PM

      There’s something wrong with the comment section. It seems to be posting comments meant to be posted a month ago.

  2. philliephanatic - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    There was no injury. This is Cliff Lee guaranteeing he wasn’t traded.

    • gothapotamus90210 - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:05 PM

      Non-Phillies fans don’t realize a big part of him choosing Philly was for his son who’s in remission from leukemia, so he could be treated at CHOP. Something tells me if he were to be traded, the city would need a top notch children’s hospital.

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