The market for starting pitchers will get a little more interesting on Monday night. Actually it could get a lot more interesting if Cliff Lee pitches well. The left-hander will come off the disabled list to face the San Francisco Giants in the opener of a four-game series at Citizens Bank Park. Lee has not started in the majors since May 18. He went on the disabled list two days later with a strained flexor-pronator tendon in his elbow. At the time of the injury, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. was hopeful that Lee would miss just a few weeks. It turned out to be two months. “Yeah, it did [take longer than expected],” Amaro said. “But we had to be cautious with him. We can't pitch him when he isn't ready to pitch." Lee made three minor-league rehab starts and though the last one -- Monday night in Clearwater -- produced poor results, the pitcher appears to be healthy. “I feel strong and I feel good and I’m ready to try to help the team win,” Lee said. Lee reached 76 pitches last Monday night. He gave up eight hits and eight runs (five were unearned) in that game. Lee brushed off the results, saying, “Everything happened. Weird game.” Amaro was also unfazed by the results and expects to see a better Lee on Monday night. “I don't think he was all that enthusiastic -- he doesn't see pitching in rehab games as something that's necessarily beneficial other than to get his work in,” Amaro said. “So I think he'll pitch fine. If he's healthy, he'll pitch fine."
The eyes of baseball focus on Cliff Lee tonight
CSN Philly | Jul 21