PITTSBURGH -- Cliff Lee’s first rehab start was shortened to two innings Sunday because of rain.
Pitching for the Single-A Clearwater Threshers against the Brevard County Manatees in Viera, Florida, Lee pitched two scoreless innings before play was suspended in the top of the third inning.
"I felt fine," Lee told reporters after the game. "I threw two cutters and everything else was a fastball. You could see the weather coming, so I was trying to hurry."
The plan was for Lee to go four innings. In two, the left-hander allowed one hit and struck out two in his first game action since being placed on the disabled list May 19 with a left elbow strain.
"It's another step in the right direction," Lee said. "I didn't expect to not throw for three weeks. The initial part took longer than I thought."
In 10 starts this season, Lee is 4-4 with a 3.18 ERA. There is no official timetable for his return, but he'll likely need at least one more rehab outing before rejoining the Phillies.