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Lee to begin Class A rehab assignment Sunday

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MIAMI -- Cliff Lee is ready to get on a mound again.

The Phillies said Wednesday that Lee, who has been on the DL since May with a strained left elbow, will throw 65-75 pitches in a rehab start Sunday with Class A Advanced Clearwater. He threw three innings in a simulated game Tuesday at Marlins Park.

"Cliff came out of it fine," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said.

Lee might need just one rehab assignment, although Lee speculated Tuesday he would need two. If he needs one, he could rejoin the rotation before the All-Star break. If he needs two, it would be shortly after the break.

"That'll be a judgment," Sandberg said. "We'll see how he looks and feels after that. We'll see if he needs one more or not."

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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