Manuel to give Lee longer leash on Tuesday

Manuel to give Lee longer leash on Tuesday

Manuel to give Lee longer leash on Tuesday
PHILADELPHIA -- Cliff Lee (0-1, 2.17 ERA) is set to take the mound Tuesday against the Astros, and manager Charlie Manuel said Monday that Lee will probably be able to throw between 85 and 100 pitches.

In last Wednesday's 10-6 loss to the Mets, Lee's first start since coming off the 15-day DL with a strained left oblique, Manuel limited Lee to 84 pitches over six innings. The complexion of the game changed upon Lee's exit, as Kyle Kendrick gave up five runs in the seventh, and Jose Contreras and Brian Sanches allowed one run apiece.

"Last time he pitched, I wanted to send him back out," Manuel said. "It crossed my mind, yes. But I didn't want to get him hurt."

The Astros have not yet named a starter for Tuesday's game.