The Philadelphia Inquirer's Marc Narducci reports Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee is slated to return to the Phillies starting rotation on July 21st at Citizens Bank Park against the San Francisco Giants. All of that is contingent on Monday's rehabilitation start going well.
It has been a long time coming for Lee as he was placed on the disabled list on May 20th with left elbow discomfort. Lee was slated to throw 70-75 pitches in a rehab start last 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 which pushed his return back until after the break.
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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