Cliff Lee to Throw Bullpen Session
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee is getting closer to making his return to the big league mound. Whether he walks out of a Phillies dugout to take the mound is up for debate.
Before Monday’s game against the Miami Marlins, manager Ryne Sandberg reported that Lee would throw a bullpen session at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday. During that session, Lee would throw between 20-25 pitches, take a break, then pitch again to simulate the up-and-down of a real game.
If the Phillies trainers and coaches are pleased with Lee’s performance in the bullpen session, he will likely throw a simulated game on Saturday. While Phillies fans are antsy to see Lee return to the mound, it’s unlikely that he’ll be back before the All Star break, even if this week goes according to plan. He’ll need at least two minor league rehab assignments to make sure his arm strength is up to snuff before making his return to Philly.
Mike Adams Feeling Better
Reliever Mike Adams reportedly has no pain in his right rotator cuff and thinks he’ll be cleared to start playing catch by the end of the week. Adams isn’t a young duck anymore and he’ll need to be careful while strengthening his rotator cuff and frayed labrum. Adams admitted that he will likely not see the field until after the All Star Break.
Tony Gwynn Jr. to Return
Tony Gwynn Jr. isn’t on the injury report, but he deserves a mention here. Gwynn has been on the bereavement list since June 16 following the death of his father, Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn Sr.
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