Cliff Lee to Make Rehab Start
Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee will return to the mound for some action on Sunday. He will be throwing 65-75 pitches in a rehab start for Class-A Advanced Clearwater. The Phillies made the decision to have Lee make the start after he threw three simulated innings at Marlins Park on Tuesday.
The Phillies have said that Lee will likely only need one rehab start before returning the major league club, but Lee speculated that he could need two starts. If he needs one, there is a good chance that Lee will pitch for the club before the All-Star break. If he needs two, he will likely pitch one of the first few games back after the break. Prior to going on the DL, Lee was 4-4 with a 3.18 ERA and 68 innings pitched.
Dominic Brown was put on the paternity list and will return sometime this weekend while the Phillies are playing their series against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Double-A Reading outfielder Aaron Altherr was called up to take Brown’s roster spot for the time he’ll be away. Apparently Triple-A Lehigh Valley outfielder Grady Sizemore was not a call-up option because the Phillies do not believe he’s taken enough at-bats to be prepared.
Right-handed relief pitcher Mike Adams was transferred to the 60-day DL with his shoulder injury, ending any chance that he’ll be traded before the deadline this season. The Phillies have continued to put him back on the 15-day DL, probably with hopes of trading him away. The bullpen has a surplus of arms that are performing well and relief arms are always a hot commodity at the deadline. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. seems to think that Adams could come back this season, but he didn’t seem optimistic when discussing it before Thursday’s game.
Catcher Wil Nieves, who’s on the DL with a quadriceps strain, has started his rehab assignment. He can be activated as early as Friday, and it’s likely that he’ll join the team sometime this weekend if there are no setbacks. When Nieves makes his way back, it will likely send Koyie Hill back to the minors.
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