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Cliff Lee on track to return to Phillies’ rotation July 21

Jul 13, 2014, 12:31 PM EDT

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From Marc Narducci of the Philadelphia Inquirer

Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg has announced his post-all-star break rotation.

A.J. Burnett will start the first game back Friday in Atlanta. Cole Hamels and Kyle Kendrick will pitch the next two days.

Cliff Lee, making his final rehab start Monday in Clearwater, will start July 21 at home against San Francisco and Roberto Hernandez starts the next night.

Lee has made two minor league rehab starts for the High-A Clearwater Threshers — one sharp and the other a bit shaky. The 35-year-old left-hander has been out since mid-May because of a strained muscle in his pitching elbow.

Lee could theoretically fit in three starts for the Phillies before the July 31 trade deadline and he will be an attractive name on the block if he proves to be fully healthy in those outings. He had a 3.18 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, and 61/9 K/BB ratio in 68 innings before landing on the disabled list and owns a stellar 2.89 ERA in 814 total innings since signing with Philadelphia. Lee is making $25 million this season, owed another $25 million next season, and carries a $27.5 million vesting option (or $12.5 million buyout) for the 2016 campaign.

  1. aphillieated - Jul 13, 2014 at 1:03 PM

  2. drush127 - Jul 13, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    Just in time for the Yankees to trade for him.

    • toodrunktotastethischicken - Jul 13, 2014 at 3:51 PM

      They most likely don’t have the prospect haul the Phillies would want in return. Even if NY turn on the entire salary.

  3. Cortez>Sapp - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    Too bad BOS is out of it. A Lee/Byrd for Henry Owens/Jackie Bradley / Anthony Raunado deal would have really helped out both sides. Hamels, Nola, Owens is a good start for a younger/cheaper rotation in a year or so and Bradley would solidify CF since Revere takes horrific routes to the ball, has no power and throws like a 9 year old girl.

  4. deathmonkey41 - Jul 14, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    He’s been keeping his jaw in shape by chewing gum like a doosh at home.

    P.S.

    I hope the Yankees don’t trade for him.

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