MILWAUKEE - The latest sign this summer is luckless for the Phillies came Sunday evening when Cliff Lee planned to throw about 70 pitches for single-A Clearwater at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Fla. A Florida thunderstorm suspended the game in the third inning; Lee was limited to 24 pitches in two innings.
The Phillies offered Lee the option of finishing his outing in an indoor batting cage. Lee declined. The 35-year-old pitcher wants to test his strained left elbow against hitters.
The rain sealed this: Lee will not return until after the all-star break. His first start could come July 19 in Atlanta. He will make two more rehab starts, the next one Wednesday at Clearwater. That should allow for three major-league outings before the July 31 trade deadline.