Cliff Lee coming back from mild side strain

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UPDATE: Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com spoke with Phillies officials. They say that Lee is “100 percent healthy” and will throw to live hitters as expected on Tuesday.

6:42 PM: The Phillies revealed Sunday that Cliff Lee developed soreness in his side while throwing at home before reporting to camp and is a bit behind the Phillies’ other pitchers.

“He was diagnosed with a mild strain,” GM Ruben Amaro told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “We shut him down for a week and now he’s right back on time. We’re probably being a little cautious with him, but he feels great now and he should be fine.”

Caution is certainly recommended, given that Lee opened both the 2007 and 2010 seasons on the disabled list because of abdominal strains. The Phillies didn’t go into detail about exactly where the current strain was, other to say it’s somewhere in his side.

Lee, of course, signed a five-year, $120 million contract with the Phillies back in December. He’s expected to be the team’s No. 2 starter, though that hasn’t been confirmed yet. He could always be pushed back in the rotation in order to give him a little extra time to recovery.

Colby Rasmus signs a minor league deal with the Orioles

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Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that Colby Rasmus has agreed to a minor league deal with the Baltimore Orioles.

Rasmus, 31, played only 37 games with the Rays last year. The reason: the previous offseason he underwent surgery to repair his left hip labrum and his core muscle, and the hip continued to bother him throughout spring training. He began the season on the disabled list and made his debut on May 2, hitting .281/.318/.579 in 129 plate appearances before going back on the DL June 23. He’d never return, “stepping away” from the game in the words of the club, which placed him on the restricted list for the remainder of the season.