SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Cliff Lee #33 of the Philadelphia Phillies reacts after the Phillies turned a double play in the ninth inning of their game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Cliff Lee Coming Off DL, Starting Wednesday

Cliff Lee went to the disabled list with an oblique injury, but he's activated and ready to go now.

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Cliff Lee Off DL, Starting Wednesday

Oblique injuries are weird, finicky things that can linger for well over a month. Mercifully for the Phillies, Cliff Lee didn't have one of those oblique injuries, and he'll start after missing just under three weeks. From

The lefty threw a lengthy bullpen session Saturday morning at Nationals Park, and pronounced himself fit and ready to return to the Phillies' rotation on Wednesday. He has been on the disabled list since April 19 with a strained left oblique.

"Everything is normal," Lee said.

To make room for Lee, the Phillies optioned reliever Michael Schwimer, who walked five batters in six innings. Cliff Lee walked 18 batters in 212 innings in 2010. There's never a good reason not to bring that up.

Lee was 0-1 with a 1.96 ERA before going on the DL, which is an easy way to describe the Phillies' season so far. The start before Lee was hurt, he pitched 10 scoreless innings in one of the best starts in baseball this year.


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