Cliff Lee has made a small, but positive, step in his recovery from a strained left elbow.
Lee made 35-40 tosses Tuesday in what he called “a light throwing” session. It was the first time he’d thrown since he made his last start May 18. He was placed on the disabled list two days later with a strained flexor-pronator tendon.
Lee had been making slow progress over the last couple of weeks, but was held back from throwing because the soreness he’d experienced after his May 18 start had not completely dissipated.
The pitcher was asked Wednesday whether he was still feeling any sensation in the elbow. He thought about the question for a second or two before answering.
“It’s not 100 percent,” he said. “But it’s better.”
Manager Ryne Sandberg said Lee bounced back fine from Tuesday’s light throwing session.
“He felt normal,” Sandberg said. “There’s pretty much no sensation in there.”
The plan calls for Lee to play catch again on Thursday and work toward doing that on consecutive days before ramping up. Of course, all this depends on how he feels along the way. There is no timetable for when Lee might return, but conventional wisdom would suggest that even in a best-case scenario he’d need a few more weeks to build health and arm strength.