Cliff Lee believes he is "heading in the right direction" and could recover quickly from the left oblique strain that landed him on the disabled list Saturday.

"We were debating on whether to just miss a start or go on the 15-day DL," he said. "So we erred on the side of caution and played it safe. I can't really argue with that.

"The past couple of days it was pretty sore. But today it felt better than yesterday. We're heading in the right direction. Hopefully I'll miss just a couple of starts and it will be back to normal."