Skip to content

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

Jul 13, 2014, 12:31 PM EDT

cliff lee shadow getty Getty Images

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.

Latest Posts
  1. Mets promote prospect Kevin Plawecki to replace Travis d’Arnaud

    Apr 19, 2015, 7:45 PM EDT

    Kevin Plawecki Kevin Plawecki

    Travis d’Arnaud suffered a fractured hand in Sunday’s game against the Marlins, so the Mets promoted prospect Kevin Plawecki.

  2. White Sox will promote Carlos Rodon on Monday

    Apr 19, 2015, 6:05 PM EDT

    Carlos Rodon Carlos Rodon

    White Sox pitching prospect Carlos Rodon is expected to be promoted on Monday.

  3. Jesse Hahn might miss next start due to blister

    Apr 19, 2015, 5:30 PM EDT

    jesse hahn getty Getty Images

    A’s right-hander Jesse Hahn made an early exit from his start Saturday against the Royals with a blister on his pitching hand and it sounds like he may miss a turn in Oakland’s rotation.

  4. Reds manager Bryan Price on Busch Stadium: “I don’t think we anticipate success here”

    Apr 19, 2015, 4:53 PM EDT

    busch stadium getty Getty Images

    “Counting games in St. Louis since the start of the 2003 season, the Reds are 3-29-2 in series against the Cardinals.”

  5. Another one bites the dust: Mets lose young catcher Travis d’Arnaud to fractured right hand

    Apr 19, 2015, 4:17 PM EDT

    travis d'arnaud getty Getty Images

    The 26-year-old d’Arnaud had a terrific second half last season for New York and he was off to a very promising start in 2015, hitting .317/.356/.537 with two home runs and 10 RBI in 11 games played.

  6. Mets reliever Jerry Blevins has a fractured left forearm

    Apr 19, 2015, 4:01 PM EDT

    blevins getty Getty Images

    Brutal news here for the NL East-leading Mets.

  7. Video: Jon Lester throws entire glove to first base for out

    Apr 19, 2015, 3:34 PM EDT

    jon lester getty Getty Images

    Jon Lester appears to have found a solution for his problems making throws to first base …

  8. Video: Down on the Farm with Kris Bryant

    Apr 19, 2015, 2:05 PM EDT

    kris bryant

    There’s so much gold in this new Red Bull spot for Cubs rookie third baseman Kris Bryant …

  9. Yasiel Puig out Sunday with lingering hamstring injury

    Apr 19, 2015, 1:30 PM EDT

    yasiel puig getty Getty Images

    Puig, who boasts an .886 through 34 plate appearances, is considered day-to-day.

  10. Carlos Carrasco to return to Indians’ rotation Tuesday

    Apr 19, 2015, 12:41 PM EDT

    carlos carrasco getty Getty Images

    Carrasco was lucky to avoid a serious injury. These reschedulings seem to be completely precautionary.

  11. Nationals activate Denard Span, option Michael Taylor

    Apr 19, 2015, 11:57 AM EDT

    span getty Getty Images

    Span underwent surgery for a sports hernia in December and then needed a followup procedure for a core muscle injury in early March.

  12. Giants receive their 2014 World Series championship rings

    Apr 19, 2015, 11:04 AM EDT

    giants ring

    It’s been a rough first couple of weeks for the 2015 Giants, who sit in last place in the National League West with a record of 4-9 and a -21 run differential. But they got to do some celebrating Saturday night …

  13. Angels activate Garrett Richards for Sunday debut

    Apr 19, 2015, 10:18 AM EDT

    garrett richards getty Getty Images

    This will be the first start for Richards since he tore the patellar tendon in his left knee last August in Boston.

  14. Video: Jason Heyward’s first Cardinals homer

    Apr 19, 2015, 9:25 AM EDT

    heyward getty Getty Images

    Jason Heyward hit his first home run as a member of the Cardinals on Saturday in St. Louis …

  15. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Apr 19, 2015, 8:33 AM EDT

    degrom getty Getty Images

    Mark down seven straight wins for the Mets, who will try for a four-game Citi Field sweep of the Marlins on Sunday afternoon behind staff ace Matt Harvey.

  16. Rays designate Grant Balfour for assignment

    Apr 18, 2015, 11:26 PM EDT

    Grant Balfour Grant Balfour

    Grant Balfour was designated for assignment following a disastrous Saturday night against the Yankees.

  17. Joe Nathan throws off a mound for the first time since suffering an elbow injury

    Apr 18, 2015, 11:01 PM EDT

    Joe Nathan Joe Nathan

    Joe Nathan could be activated from the disabled list as soon as Wednesday.

Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. K. Bryant (4728)
  2. D. Span (4242)
  3. D. Salazar (4033)
  4. A. Rodriguez (3737)
  5. Y. Puig (3724)