Andrew Hutchinson has been a multimedia reporter for the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 2014.
Lee makes second rehab start
Philadelphia Phillies' Cliff Lee in action a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee made his second rehab start for single-A Clearwater Wednesday, throwing 59 pitches - 44 for strikes - in four innings without any problems.
The left-hander hasn't pitched for the Phillies since May 18 because of a strained left elbow.
After getting through the first three innings on 32 pitches, Lee gave up three runs on four hits in the fourth inning. Two of the hits were doubles, although one of the doubles was misplayed by an outfielder.
Lee made his first rehab start Sunday, but it was cut short because of rain. He is expected to make one more rehab start at Clearwater on Monday before being brought back up to Philadelphia.
If there are no setbacks, he could make three major-league starts before the July 31 trade deadline, which looms large as the New York Yankees could be in the market for a pitcher because of injuries to CC Sabathia and Masahiro Tanaka.
The 35-year-old is possibly the biggest name on the market because the Tampa Bay Rays and Kansas City Royals are contending for playoff spots, meaning they likely won't deal David Price or James Shields, respectively.
Boston's Jon Lester, who will be a free agent at the end of the season, has also been rumored to be on the trade market, but the Red Sox have expressed interest in re-signing him.
Lee's contract goes through 2015 and is worth $50 million, which could increase to $65 million with a vesting option for 2016.