Lee was slated to throw 70-75 pitches in a rehab start on Sunday for Single-A Clearwater to see if he was ready to rejoin the Phillies starting rotation before the All-Star break. Rain came through the area and limited Lee to just 24 pitches over two innings of work. MLB.com's Todd Zolecki reports Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg told reporters prior to Monday's game that the Phillies now much push back Lee's 70-75 pitch start which won't allow him to return until after the break.
Pushing Lee back until after the break won't have a huge impact on the Phillies' record but it hurts general manager Ruben Amaro's ability to possibly move Lee before the July 31st trade deadline. While it's possible a team would be willing to take a chance on the left-hander, the Phillies best chance at getting a fair return for Lee involves Lee throwing quality Major League innings to prove to teams he is healthy.
Lee, 35, is slated to make $25 million this year and $25 million next year. He is 4-4 in 10 starts this season with a 3.18 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP with one complete game. In parts of five seasons in Philadelphia, Lee is 48-33 with a 2.89 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP.
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