Cliff Lee progressing towards bullpen session

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cliff lee throwing.JPGCliff Lee, who was forced to begin the season on the disabled list due to a strained abdominal muscle, played catch for a second straight day on Monday without incident, according to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times.

“It’s pretty good,” he said. “I felt absolutely nothing.”

Now that he’s throwing without discomfort, the goal is to build up arm strength in anticipation of a minor league rehab assignment or simulated game. He’ll start by throwing on flat ground on Tuesday before moving to a full-fledged bullpen session on Friday.

Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik wouldn’t commit to a timeframe for Lee’s return from the disabled list, other than to say it won’t be on April 10 — the first day he’s eligible. Lee likened the rehab process to starting spring training all over again, so it’s possible we won’t see him until later this month, if not the start of May.