After playing catch yesterday for the first time in over three weeks, Cliff Lee had another successful game of catch today.
After throwing, the Phillies’ ace lefty told a group of reports, which included CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury, that things still aren’t perfect, but he likes how he is progressing from his elbow-flexor strain.
“There’s a little tightness, but that’s from all the exercises I’ve been doing. Overall, it feels good.”
Lee sounded more upbeat today than yesterday, when he didn’t hesitate to admit that he ‘wasn’t at 100 percent’. That’s an encouraging sign from the 35 year-old, who was hasn’t pitched since May 18th.
As for Lee’s target return date, he didn’t throw for three and a half weeks, which he says might be as long as it takes him to get back to the big-leagues.
“They’ve basically told me that however long you’re down is how long you’ll need to build back up,” Lee said.
Based on that timetable, Lee could make a start or two prior to the July 15th All-Star game. Keep in mind, that timetable doesn’t necessarily factor in that just one setback from Lee could push that date back a week or two. Things would need to go just about perfect from here, for Lee to be back before the mid-Summer classic.
This morning, I assessed what remaining trade value Lee, and everyone on the Phillies, still has.
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