Back in 2002, when they were still playing in the minors, Grady Sizemore, Brandon Phillips and Cliff Lee were traded from the Montreal Expos to Cleveland for Bartolo Colon.
It turned out to be a pretty good deal for the Indians.
According to manager Ryne Sandberg, Lee will throw 75 pitches in a rehab game Monday for Single A Clearwater. If all goes well from that outing, Lee could return to the Phillies’ rotation July 19 in Atlanta.
“There is a possibility for him on Saturday, but that is all yet to be seen, and not set in stone,” Sandberg said.
Meanwhile, catcher Carlos Ruiz has been cleared to participate in baseball activities after he passed a baseline test for concussion symptoms. Sandberg said Ruiz will take batting practice Friday and will work out in Clearwater during the All-Star break.
For Ruiz, it was the second diagnosed concussion of his big-league career. Coupled with the concussion issues experienced by minor-league catcher Tommy Joseph, the Phillies are understandably concerned for Ruiz.
“Yes, there is always a concern and that is why this was dealt with the way that it was,” Sandberg said. “Obviously [Ruiz] had the symptoms, no question about it, you know that is a tough thing to manage or to deal with, especially his position. And you never know if it is an accumulation of foul tips, so whatever it might be, so it is a very unpredictable thing. So it is concerning to one point and the other side he is real upbeat and anxious to get back on the field and do the baseball activities.”