Phillies Notes: Cliff Lee says progress is encouraging

Phillies starter threw a second bullpen session on Friday.
Phillies starter threw a second bullpen session on Friday.
Posted: June 22, 2014

ST. LOUIS - Cliff Lee has taken another step forward in his comeback from a left elbow strain that has sidelined him since May 19. On Friday, the Phillies lefthander threw his second bullpen session and increased his activity.

Lee, who threw 20 pitches in his first bullpen session, says he threw 30 pitches on Friday.

"I got through it with no problem," Lee said before Friday's game at Busch Stadium against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Lee says his progress is encouraging but "it's not all gone."

When asked to expand, Lee was vague.

"It is not pain . . . it is not discomfort," he said. "I would say it is there."

So right now not everything feels 100 percent.

"If it stayed the way it was now, I would be fine, but obviously we want it all to go away," Lee said. "I will continue to add more and more stuff to it and see what happens."

Lee wouldn't speculate on a possible return to action.

Sizemore on the radar?

Are the Phillies in the running for outfielder Grady Sizemore? CBSsports.com reported that the Phillies were among the teams that have reached out to him.

Sizemore was released by the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday. After missing the previous two seasons with knee injuries, Sizemore batted .216 with a .612 OPS in 205 plate appearances for the Red Sox.

Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock is traveling with the team, and he was asked before the game if there has been any contact with the Sizemore camp.

"I know we had interest in him before the season," Proefrock said. "I haven't had any communications, obviously. We tried to sign him in the offseason."

In fairness, while Proefrock says he has had no contact, he couldn't vouch for others in the organization.

"There is not any [contact] that I am aware of, but Ruben may be doing something, but I am not aware of anything."

General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. was unavailable for comment. Sizemore's agent, Joe Urbon, was also unavailable for comment when reached by The Inquirer.

Sizemore was a three-time all-star with Cleveland, but after a series of injuries, he has not regained that form.

He would make some sense for the Phillies, especially since Sizemore played all three outfield positions for Boston.

Other than Marlon Byrd, Domonic Brown, whose OPS entering Friday was lower than Sizemore's (. 601), has had a disappointing season, and Ben Revere has been inconsistent.

Nieves progressing

Catcher Wil Nieves, who injured his right quadriceps during Wednesday's 10-5 win at Atlanta, could prove to be the quick healer he said he was.

"Wil was available in some capacity [Thursday] and is even better today, so he should be fine," Sandberg said.

Brignac to the DL

As expected, the Phillies placed infielder Reid Brignac on the 15-day disabled list with a left ankle sprain and activated third baseman Cody Asche, who had been out since May 23 with a left hamstring strain. Asche was in the starting lineup on Friday.

J-Roll on a roll

Jimmy Rollins extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a fifth-inning RBI double down the third base line that gave the Phillies a 2-1 lead.

Minor moves

Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, the 27-year-old Cuban pitcher the Phillies signed to a three-year, $12 million contract in the offseason, was added to the Clearwater roster for a Major League rehab assignment. He was bothered during spring training with right shoulder tendinitis and returned for three starts with Clearwater before being shut down again after pitching on May 25.

On Friday, Gonzalez pitched one hitless inning with a strikeout in relief against Dunedin.


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