Phillies Notes: Phillies' Lee displeased after warming up for postponed game

Posted: June 24, 2012

Phillies lefthander Cliff Lee wasn't happy that he warmed up before Friday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays was postponed because of inclement weather.

The Phillies will make up the game with Sunday's split doubleheader at Citizens Bank Park. Lee was originally listed as the probable starter in the 1:05 p.m. first game, but he will now start the second, which begins at 6:35.

"It just gives Cliff a little more recovery time," Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said about having him start Game 2.

The Phillies had hoped to play Friday and announced a revised starting time of 8:45 p.m. Both Lee and the Rays' scheduled starter, James Shields, warmed up.

Minutes before the game was to begin, it began pouring again, and the game was eventually postponed.

Lee said he threw "30 some, 40 some" pitches in the bullpen. The Phillies decided to pitch him Sunday. Shields made the start for the Rays in Saturday's 7-6 loss to the Phillies.

"You would think the people who make those decisions would be a little smarter about it," Lee said. "It's a little frustrating, but I am not thrown off by it."

Since the teams never exchanged lineup cards, the decision was the Phillies' to attempt to start the game.

Who exactly made the call?

"There was a group of Phillies executives who collectively decided based on information received from weather services," a team official said.

Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said that lefthander David Price would start the first game against Cole Hamels. Maddon said before Saturday's game that he wasn't sure who would be the second-game starter, although he indicated that righthander Alex Cobb was a possibility.

Fans with tickets from Friday's postponed game can use them for the 6:35 game Sunday.

New rule

Under the new collective bargaining agreement, teams are allowed to bring up an extra player for a doubleheader provided it does not occur the day after a postponed game. The Phillies and Rays will be able to add an extra player Sunday.

Extra bases

Chase Utley started his second straight game at second base for the Clearwater Threshers on Saturday. Utley went 0 for 3 with an RBI in the Threshers' 7-2 win over Daytona. He played eight innings before being replaced in the ninth. . . . Jimmy Rollins was 2 for 4 with a two-run home run in Saturday's win, continuing his hot streak. Over his last 24 games, Rollins is hitting .327 (35 for 107) with 10 doubles, two triples, five home runs, and 15 RBIs. . . . Juan Pierre stole two bases and has been successful in each of his last 13 attempts. He has 16 stolen bases this year.


Contact Marc Narducci at 856-779-3225 or mnarducci@phillynews.com. Follow on Twitter @sjnard.

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