In what will be his first game action since last July 31, Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee is set to make his Grapefruit League debut next Thursday against the Astros.
Lee finished last season on the disabled list with a recurrence of a flexor pronator strain in his elbow, but Phillies pitching coach Bob McClure told Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com that he’s healthy and ready to go.
“Cliff is right on. He’s throwing well. He feels good. So he’s right on schedule,” McClure said.
Lee is expected to pitch two innings, which is pretty standard for a spring debut. He’ll get stretched out in subsequent outings in advance of the regular season. A healthy spring might not be enough to convince someone to trade for him, but he’s obviously someone who could get moved at some point this year.
Lee, 36, is owed $25 million this season and $27.5 million or a $12 million buyout for 2016.