Cliff Lee throws off mound, eyes July return

Cliff Lee throws off mound, eyes July return

Is there any hope left for the 2014 Phillies?

June 17, 2014, 6:00 pm
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Cliff Lee threw off a mound on Tuesday for the first time since going on the disabled list last month. (USA Today Images)

ATLANTA -- Cliff Lee says he has made excellent strides in his recovery from an elbow strain over the last few days. The left-hander was able throw from a bullpen mound Tuesday for the first time since going on the disabled list and he was pleased with the results.

“It feels real good,” said Lee, who threw 20 fastballs. “I was letting it go pretty hard, pretty much max effort.”

Lee went on the disabled list on May 20 with a strained flexor-pronator tendon. He did not throw a ball for three weeks after that.

“I can tell there’s something there, but there’s nothing painful or uncomfortable,” Lee said.

Lee will be evaluated Wednesday to see how he bounces back from Tuesday’s session. If all goes well, he will continue to throw bullpens in the coming days.

Lee is confident he could be back by the all-star break. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has indicated that Lee could be back around the Fourth of July.

Once he returns, Lee will help the Phillies try to get into contention in July while at the same time auditioning for clubs that may need a starter.

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