The Phillies have pegged Friday as the day for Cliff Lee to face hitters in a simulated game, which is essentially batting practice at full speed.

Lee, on the disabled list since May 20 with an elbow strain, is ready to graduate to facing some hitters after throwing for almost two weeks on flat ground and in the bullpen.

Depending on how Lee checks out after his session Friday, he could throw to hitters again or be ready for a minor-league rehab start. He is expected to return to the Phillies’ rotation by the all-star break, provided all continues to go well in his rehab.