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Lee (elbow) went two innings in his spring training debut Thursday. He allowed a couple of singles and threw 16 of his 22 pitches for strikes.
Lee was making his first start since July 31 when he left that game with pain in his left elbow. He was working around 87-88 mph with his fastball Thursday, which is down from his typical velocity, but it is early in camp. He needs time to build up arm strength. The good news is that Lee said his elbow has felt normal thus far this spring. The Phillies are hoping to trade him at some point this season.
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Lee (elbow) is scheduled to make his first start of spring training on Thursday against the Astros, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Lee, who will throw his second live batting practice of the spring on Saturday, is on schedule with the rest of the Phillies' starters. He is expected to pitch two innings Thursday.
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Lee (elbow) threw to hitters Wednesday for the first time since July 31, CSN Philly reports. "It felt good, felt normal, no complaints," Lee said.
Lee threw mostly fastballs during eight minutes of live batting practice. He will likely throw to hitters again this weekend. While Grapefruit League games begin next week, Lee isn't expected to make his first start until the second week as the Phillies do not want to push him too hard early on.
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Lee (elbow) is on a slightly different schedule than the other pitchers this spring, CSN Philly reports.Lee will throw every third day and not every other day like the rest of the pitchers during the early part of camp. Lee said he feels fine and that the modified schedule is just to play it safe. He was limited to just 13 starts last season due to a strained left elbow.
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Lee was able to take part in a full bullpen session Thursday and said his elbow feels good, CSN Philly reports. "I feel good," he said. "It feels like a normal spring so far. I started throwing a lot earlier this year so I feel like I'm ahead of where I'd normally be this time of year, but it's different for me since I missed the last two months of the season."Lee, who was limited to just 13 starts last season because of a strained flexor pronator tendon in his left elbow, has thrown off a mound about 15 times already this offseason. He said he did feel a sensation in his elbow when he started throwing, but it gradually faded away. He is a high risk, high reward pick in drafts this spring because the elbow injury could resurface. He's also a candidate to be traded if he proves he is healthy in the early part of the season.
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Lee (elbow) had a recent bout with bronchitis, which briefly set back his throwing program, Ryan Lawrence of Philadelphia Daily News reports.Lee was plagued by injuries throughout the 2014 season, starting just 13 games in total. He enters 2015 as the Phillies' no. 2 starter, but the veteran will need to play some catch up heading into the campaign.
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GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said Lee (elbow) has thrown off a mound three or four times this month and is on track to be ready for spring training, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Amaro said the Phillies will send a staff member to Arkansas to watch Lee throw in the coming days. The Phillies are hoping Lee will prove he is healthy early next season in order to move him prior to the trade deadline. Lee made just 13 starts last season due to a flexor-pronator tendon strain in his elbow.
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Lee (elbow) is expected to throw off a mound for the first time in the next two weeks, the Philadelphia Daily News reports.
The move to throwing off a mound is a big step because of the extra stress it places on the elbow. Lee is rehabbing a flexor-pronator tendon strain in his elbow that limited him to just 13 starts last season.
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Lee (elbow) has begun a throwing program, MLB.com's Todd Zolecki reports.
GM Ruben Amaro said Lee is progressing well in his throwing program, and he expects him to throw from a mound sometime in January. Assuming that happens, Lee should be ready for the beginning of spring training. The Phillies would be open to trading Lee, but he is owed at least $37.5 million and is coming off the elbow injury, so the Phillies will almost certainly hold onto him at least until July.
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Lee (elbow) has received clearance to begin his offseason throwing program, CSN Philly reports.
Lee was examined by the Phillies' team doctor last week. He will begin throwing next week and expects to be ready for the start of spring training.