Phillies' Lee solid in second rehab start

Posted: July 11, 2014

CLIFF LEE took an important step last night in Tampa toward rejoining the Phillies' rotation soon.

The lefthander threw four innings for Class A Clearwater in what was officially his second minor league rehab start. Lee's first start, on Sunday, was abbreviated to two shutout innings after the game was suspended for rain.

Lee allowed three runs on four hits in four innings against the New York Yankees' Class A affiliate in Tampa. All of those hits and runs came in his fourth and final inning, an inning that included a misplayed ball (not ruled an error) by a Clearwater outfielder.

Lee needed only 32 pitches to get through three shutout innings before the off-kilter fourth. He threw 59 pitches total (44 for strikes), walking one batter and striking out four; he also induced eight ground-ball outs.

Lee likely will make another rehab start Monday and rejoin the Phillies next weekend in Atlanta, barring a setback. Lee was placed on the disabled list with a strained left elbow on May 20.

- Ryan Lawrence

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